April 4, 2012

Hawks Fall In Three to Flyers


The Quincy University men's volleyball team fell to conference opponent Lewis University in three straight sets this evening in Pepsi Arena.  The Hawks fell 25-13, 25-17, and 25-12 to the #9 ranked Flyers.

The Hawks stayed close to the Flyers at first, but consistent hitting from the visitors kept Quincy defenseless.  Quincy lost seven straight points to Lewis to trail 18-6 before a kill from John Pranger finally broke the streak.  A couple of Lewis hitting errors favored the Hawks to decrease the scoring deficit to nine points at 19-10.  However, Quincy managed just three more points for the remainder of the first set while Lewis went on to score six more to take the 25-13 win.  The Hawks put down just six kills in 17 attempts for a .235 percentage in game one.

In the second set, a more aggressive team took the court to battle the Flyers, remaining within three points for the first half of the game.  However, two five point runs for Lewis saw the Hawks down 21-11 before a kill from Joe Sokol followed by a handful of Lewis errors closed the score to 22-16.  The Flyers put down two more kills and took the game point on a Hawk hitting error to defeat Quincy 25-17 in the second set.  The Hawks hit .174 compared to the .417 percentage Lewis boasted in game two. 

In the final set, Quincy hit -.095 with three kills and five errors in 21 attempts while the Flyers hit .500 with 14 kills and three errors in 22 attempts.  Tough defense from the visitors kept the Hawks down while hard hitting kept the Hawks off balance.  The first half of the final set was close as Quincy tied the game at 11-11, but effective serving and attacking allowed Lewis a 10-point scoring streak that ended the match at 25-12.

As a team, Quincy hit just .098 with 19 total kills while Lewis hit .500 with 44 total kills.  Steven Battaglia led the Hawks with seven kills and just one error for a .545 clip while Pranger finished with four kills and one error.  Battaglia also recorded five blocks and Andrew Ouano collected 18 assists in the loss.

The Hawks fall to 1-10 in the MIVA and 17-12 on the season.  Hawk volleyball is idle for the remainder of the week until Friday, April 13 for another home match featuring Ball State.

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