January 13, 2012

Quincy Begins Season with Two Victories

The Quincy University men's volleyball team started off its 2012 season strong with a pair of 3-1 wins in the opening day of the Mount Olive Classic held in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The Hawks opened the day with a win over Eastern Mennonite University and followed by taking down host Mount Olive University.

Despite winning the match 3-1 over Mount Olive the match was closer than the sets appear. Quincy edged out Mount Olive 25-23, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-22 for their second win of the day. The two teams battled each offensively with each team finishing with a hitting percentage over .400 and totaling over 50 kills. But in the end it was Quincy that managed to pull out the win.

The opening set of the match was a preview of things to come as neither team held a lead larger than two points in the match. With the match tied at 19-19 A kill from John Pranger and Mount Olive error gave Quincy the break they needed. The Hawks maintained that lead down the stretch and picked up the win on a service error on the sets final point.

Leading just 16-15 in the second set the Hawks picked up back to back points, again with John Pranger pounding the ball to the floor for a kill. The Hawks pushed their lead to four points when Joe Ascher ripped a kill and Mount Olive followed with an attack error. Another service error on the sets final point gave Quincy the win.

Quincy fell behind early in the third set and were never able to get back into the game. However the Hawks responded strongly in the fourth set taking an early lead. The Hawks held a 17-14 lead when Mount Olive evened the score up at 18-18 with back to back points.

The Hawks picked up two kills from Joe Sokol and another by John Pranger to grab the lead back. The two teams traded points on the final seven points of the set and finished off Mount Olive with a kill by Joe Ascher.

Quincy hit .425 as a team with 58 kills and just 13 errors. The Hawks added four total team blocks and five service aces in the match. John Pranger led all players with 20 kills while Joe Sokol finished with 16 kills and Joe Ascher added 10 kills. Andrew Ouano finished with 53 assists.

Quincy is now 2-0 on the season and returns to action on Saturday with a match against King College in the final day of action in the Mount Olive Tournament.

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