April 15, 2012

Sokol Collects 1,000th Kill As Hawks Fall On Senior Night

Quincy University Men's Volleyball fell to Lindenwood University 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-21) on Senior Day where the Hawks' eight seniors were recognized prior to the start of the match. Senior Joe Sokol recorded 12 kills to eclipse the 1,000-kill milestone and reach 1,006 career kills.

The Hawks came out swinging to start the match and jumped out to a 7-3 lead following kills by seniors James Wizniak, Ryan Lehmann, and three by Joe Sokol. Quincy would take a 10-5 lead on another kill by Lehmann. However, the Lions would score seven of the next eight points to take a 12-11 lead behind solid blocking from Jack Mitchell and Logan Jarus. The Hawks would tie the score eight more times but were unable to recapture the lead before the Lions could close out the set 29-27.

Lindenwood capitalized on the momentum from their first set victory to exploded to a 25-14 victory in the second set behind a .480 team hitting percentage for the set. The Lions had 13 kills on 25 attempts with only one error. The Lions defense was equally as impressive at the net, recording 7.5 blocks in the set and forcing Quincy to hit at a -0.074 pace (seven kills, nine errors, on 27 attempts).

After the intermission, Quincy regained their focus and traded points with the Lions until they took a 7-6 lead on an ace by senior Andrew Ouano. Both teams would continue to battle back and forth in a set that had four lead changes and 14 ties. A kill by John Pranger (four kills on six swings for a .500 hitting percentage) would tie the set at 15-15, but the Lions would slowly pull away as they took the match with a 25-21 victory in the third set.

Steve Battaglia finished the match with eight kills, four blocks, and an ace while hitting 0.375 for the Hawks. Ouano collected 32 assists. Brian Peth led all players with 10 digs.

Lindenwood concludes their season with a 19-13 mark.

The Hawks finish the regular season with a 17-14 record. The Hawks return to action for the MIVA Tournament when they travel to Romeoville to play second-seeded Lewis next weekend.

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