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Hawks put their resiliency on display before MIVA road trip

Hannibal-LaGrange Universityıs Kristen Clero, left, hits the ball into the block of Quincy Universityıs Ian Lawson and Steven Battaglia during the first set of the Hawksı 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 victory Wednesday night at Pepsi Arena. (H-W Photo/Michae
Posted: Jan. 31, 2013 2:55 am Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 6:15 am

By ANDRES MARTINEZ
Herald-Whig Sports Writer

The final tuneup before Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play begins gave the Quincy University men's volleyball the chance to see how much resolve it has.

As it turns out, the Hawks have plenty.

After losing the first set because of its own mistakes, QU rallied to sweep three straight sets and beat Hannibal-LaGrange University 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 Wednesday night at Pepsi Arena.

"It was all errors on our side," junior middle blocker Steven Battaglia said. "We had to pick up (our) communication and energy and just clean up little things."

A run late in the first set helped get that started.

The Trojans (1-4) led 16-11 before the Hawks went on a 10-6 run to cut the deficit to 22-21. After a timeout, the Trojans scored three of the final four points to win the set 25-22.

"We weren't really playing in that first set," Quincy coach Hadley Foster said. "We just needed to eliminate a lot of mistakes."

The Hawks came out with more energy in the second set, and it turned out they needed it. HLGU built a 23-19 lead before Foster used a timeout. The Hawks finished the set with a 6-0 run to steal the momentum.

After the Trojans took a 12-8 lead in the set, the Hawks responded a 12-5 run to make it 20-17. The Trojans took a timeout and rallied to tie the game at 24, but the Hawks answered by scoring the final two points of the set. "Hannibal-LaGrange is a good team," Foster said. "We only won those next two (sets) by two points."

The fourth and decisive set was all QU. After trailing 6-3, the Hawks went on a 4-0 run to take the lead and never relinquished it.

The victory pushes QU's record to 4-3 before the Hawks travel to Ball State on Friday and IPFW on Saturday.

"Those are two big games," Battaglia said. "To win before were doing that is always good."

 

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