The Quincy University men's volleyball team was hoping to pick
up their first conference win of the season at some point this week
but instead now have a three match losing streak after falling to
IPFW for the second consecutive night. The Hawks lost on Saturday
3-1 falling 25-20, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-17.
For the second consecutive night the Hawks hit well below their season average as they finished with 43 kills and 25 errors for a .167 team hitting percentage. IPFW meanwhile hit .221 as a team with 44 kills and 21 errors but Quincy also committed 15 service errors in the match.
Quincy trailed just 20-19 late in the opening set but were unable to finish strong as they committed three straight attack errors to allow the Mastodons to pull away. The Hawks trailed 10-7 in game two but ran off six straight points with Steven Battaglia getting things started with back to back blocks. Ryan Lehmann added two aces during the streak and Joe Sokol added a block to give Quincy some breathing room. The Hawks were able to hold onto the lead and pick up the win with a Lehmann kill.
Quincy trailed in the third set 17-16 but held the serve after a Lehmann kill. However they were unable to get the tying point and IPFW was able to extend their lead for the win. After a Battaglia kill Quincy led 9-8 in the fourth set but that lead did not last long. IPFW quickly racked up the points and took a 22-13 lead before cruising to the win.
Steven Battaglia led Quincy with 13 kills and seven blocks while Ryan Lehmann added 12 kills and nine digs. Andrew Ouano finished with 37 assists as Quincy falls to 18-12 overall and 0-8 in the MIVA.