January 24, 2012

Hawks Stay Unbeaten With Sweep of Trojans

The Quincy University men's volleyball team kept their impressive start to the 2012 season going with a 3-0 win at home over Hannibal-LaGrange University on Tuesday night. The Hawks swept the match 25-14, 25-23 and 25-22 and have now won seven straight sets.

Quincy wasted no time in taking control of the match by opening up the night with nine straight points. Joe Sokol got things started for the Hawks with a kill off a set by Andrew Ouano. After an attack error by the Trojans Sokol struck again and John Pranger followed with a kill of his own. Ouano kept the streak going with back to back service aces leading to a Trojan timeout. Sokol greeted the Trojans back to the court with two more kills sandwiched around a Trojan attack error. A Hawk service error gave the Trojans their first point of the night.

Quincy was up 20-8 in the match when the Trojans made a late push to close the score however it was not nearly enough to overcome the early Hawks lead. Quincy hit .650 as a team in the set with 16 kills and just three errors in only 20 attempts. Hannibal-LaGrange meanwhile hit just .056 as a team.

Hannibal-LaGrange took a 10-7 lead in the second set before the Hawks were able to finally even the score up at 12-12 with three straight points. The Hawks took the lead with back to back Trojan attack errors and held a 17-15 edge. Quincy did not trail again in the set although the Trojans closed the score to 24-23. A kill by Joe Sokol ended the set in favor of the Hawks.

Quincy jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the third set and would hold a comfortable lead for most of the set. Hannibal-LaGrange closed the score to 23-21 but the Hawks picked up a pair of kills by Steven Battaglia to finish off the Trojans for the match victory.

Quincy hit .397 as a team in the match with 40 kills and 11 errors in 73 attempts. The Hawks finished with six team blocks and four service aces. Joe Sokol lead Quincy with 14 kills while John Pranger remained nearly automatic with nine kills in his nine swings. Andrew Ouano finished with 37 assists while Joe Sokol also led the team with five digs. Quincy improves to 4-0 on the season and returns to action on Friday night when they are on the road against Lindenwood University.

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