Hawks Fall in MIVA Opener

Hawks Fall in MIVA Opener

The Quincy University men's volleyball team dropped its 2012 MIVA opener and second straight match in a 3-0 road loss to Ball State University on Saturday night. The Hawks fell 25-18, 25-17 and 28-26.

Ball State jumped out to the lead in the opening set, taking a 7-3 lead early on. The Hawks fought back with a kill from Joseph Ascher and an attack error by Ball State that made the score 7-5. Ball State pulled away though and took a 19-13 lead to take control of the set. The Hawks made a late push to close the score to 23-18 but was unable to get any closer.

The Hawks held a 7-6 lead in the second set but Ball State recorded kills on five of the next seven points to take a 12-8 lead. Ball State would carry that momentum to a 17-11 lead before cruising to a 25-17 win. Quincy hit just -.024 as a team in the set with 10 kills and 11 errors.

Quincy played dead even with Ball State in the third set with neither team leading by more than two points. Quincy held a 25-24 lead after a kill by Ryan Lehmann. The Hawks were unable to pick up the game winning point though as Ball State evened the score and took the lead with back to back kills. After Quincy tied the score up with a kill by Ascher Ball State closed out the match with a kill and ace for the win.

Quincy hit just .093 as a team in the match with 29 kills and 20 errors while Ball State hit .258 as a team with 40 kills and 17 errors. Ball State recorded 10.5 total team blocks while Quincy finished with no service aces and 14 service errors.

Joe Ascher led Quincy with 10 kills while Ryan Lehmann added seven kills. Andrew Ouano recorded 23 assists while Joe Ascher added seven digs. Quincy falls to 10-2 overall and 0-1 in the MIVA while Ball State improves to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the MIVA.