Hawks Drop Another Close Match to IPFW

Quincy University Men's Volleyball fell to IPFW for the second night in a row.  It was once again a close match, but tonight, the Mastadons claimed a 3-0 victory by scores of 26-24, 25-22, and 25-23.

The IPFW Mastadons started the match strong and pulled out to a 4-1 lead on a kill by Ivan Matos.  However, the Hawks would fight back and tie the set at five a piece on one of Joe Sokol's nine kills.  The Dons would pull ahead again scoring five of the next six points to bring the score to 10-6.  The Hawks would tie the set at 14 on a John Pranger block.  Then a few points later would take their first lead of the set at 16-15 on a Pranger ace.  The Hawks would take a two point advantage at 20-18 on a Ryan Lehman kill and force an IPFW timeout.  A couple kills for Phil Peterson would allow the Dons to retake the lead at 23-22.  The Dons would capitalize on a couple of Quincy errors to take the first set 26-24.

The Hawks would strike first in the second set but the Mastadons would quickly tie it at 1-1.  Both teams would keep it close until 18-18.  The Mastadons would score seven on the next eleven points to take the set 25-22.

The third set featured 14 tie scores as both teams passed and hit the ball efficiently.  The Dons hit .333 and sided out at a 75% rate while the Hawks hit .258 for the final set while siding out at a 70% rate. Rob Courtney came off the bench to start the set for the Hawks and collected a kill on each of his three hitting attempts. The Dons slight edge in hitting and passing proved to be all that IPFW needed as they took the final set 25-23.

The Hawks were led by John Pranger who had 8 kills and hit at a .583 clip.  Andrew Ouano collected a double-double while handing out 33 assists and picking up 11 digs.  Ryan Lehman and Joe Sokol each had 9 kills.

IPFW was led by Phil Peterson and Ivan Matos with 14 and 10 kills, respectively.  JW Kieckhefer led all players with 14 digs.

With the victory, IPFW improves to 12-12 (4-5 MIVA).  The Hawks fall to 17-11 (1-9 MIVA).  The Hawks return to Pepsi Arena for a MIVA contest against Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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