Hawks Go Cold Against IPFW

The Quincy University men's volleyball team had their worst hitting match of the 2011 season on Friday night as they were swept by Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 3-0 falling 25-12, 25-18 and 25-23.

Quincy hit just .081 in the match with just 29 kills while finishing with 21 errors. It marked the second fewest kills in a match this season by the Hawks and the first time they finished with an attack percentage below .100 on the year. The Hawks started out hitting negative -.087 in the first set with six kills and eight errors. They were able to improve in the final two sets finishing with 12 kills and five errors in the second set and 11 kills and eight errors in the third set but still hit well below their team mark of .258 on the season.

The Mastodons jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first set as Quincy had six attack errors. The Mastodons cruised to the 25-12 win as they hit .444 as a team. Quincy was within striking distance in the second set, trailing just 15-12 mid-way through. However the Hawks were never able to get any closer as again the Hawks inefficiency in offense haunted them.

The Hawks held a 13-12 lead after a kill by Joseph Ascher but IPFW quickly grabbed the lead back at 16-14. The Hawks were tied at 22-22 late and held serve but committed a service error to give IPFW a point and the serve. From there the Mastodons closed out the game and match with a pair of kills from Darryl Shank.

Joseph Ascher was the only Hawk to finish with double digits in kills, recording 11 kills, while Steven Battaglia added nine kills with just one error. Andrew Ouano added 25 assists and Tanner Wright and Ryan Lehmann each finished with 11 digs. The Hawks fall to 18-11 overall this season and 0-7 in the MIVA. They return to action tomorrow with another conference match against IPFW at 7 p.m.

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