February 19, 2012

'Lopes Grab Back-to-Back Wins Against Quincy

The Grand Canyon University men’s volleyball team grabbed back-to-back victories this weekend with a 3-0 victory over the Quincy University Hawks.

The win improves the Antelopes to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, marking the first time GCU has ever won more than one in-conference game. The Hawks are now 12-4, 0-3.

“Today we had some guys step-up and perform well,” said head coach Jeremy Price. “It felt like we won all the long rallies. We’re finally playing defense like we’re supposed to play it, that’s a big thing. The other team played a lot better than yesterday but our offense was on tonight.”

GCU started the first set down but quickly tied the score and took the lead at 7-6. The Hawks would tie the score seven times throughout the set but would never gain the lead resulting in a 25-23 win for the ‘Lopes. Sophomore Ben Ponnet had a perfect set with five kills on eight attempts and no errors.

The ‘Lopes came out strong in the second set hitting .346 to Quincy’s .188, slating 12 kills and just two errors as a team. Grand Canyon led the way the entire set beating the Hawks 25-22. Again Ponnet led the way with four kills with no errors and middle Taylor Galliano added four total blocks.

As the match went on GCU seemed to only get better, hitting an impressive .375 in the third set with 16 kills and all six players on the court recording at least one kill. The ‘Lopes also picked up the defense with 13 digs and two blocks. Grand Canyon came out with a 25-21 win.

It was a big weekend for Ponnet who hit .560 for the night with 15 kills and just one error. Between the two matches he recorded 34 kills and hit over .500.

“I’m really pleased with how Ben Ponnet played. To do what he did on the weekend is really impressive.”

Galliano hit .375 with eight kills and added four total blocks. Robbie Brannick and Keith Smith each chipped in eight digs while Smith had 33 assists.

The ‘Lopes are back in action Feb. 25 at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. at 5 p.m. Arizona Time.

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