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
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.