QUINCY -- If there's one thing Quincy University men's volleyball coach Gavin Mueller enjoys about his team, it's that the Hawks don't quit.
That was evident in the second set of Saturday night's non-conference match against Culver-Stockton College.
Freshman opposite hitter Ben Rachilla had a kill attempt sent back by C-SC. The ball was set again to Rachilla, who gave it another swing and it was again sent back. Two attempts later, Rachilla finally got the kill down and a point for the Hawks with much delight to his teammates and Muller on the sidelines.
"These guys just don't give up even when the cards are stacked against them," Mueller said. "That's Quincy volleyball for you. We'll fight with you guys and the results will come eventually."
Quincy won the set and the match in straight sets 25-22, 25-14, 25-14 in Pepsi Arena, snapping a 10-match losing skid. It was the Hawks' first victory since a three-set win over Alderson Broaddus on Feb. 2.
"We just had to prove to ourselves we could win, because it's been awhile," junior outside hitter Omari Wheeler said. "It's tough because we don't close out games that we should win."
Quincy (5-15) closed out the sets against C-SC.
Quincy led 16-11 in the second set before getting a kill from Wheeler. That started a 4-0 run for the Hawks to go up 20-11. Wheeler and middle blocker Blake Sprecher had points in the run. After C-SC scored two points, Quincy closed out the set by scoring five of the next six points.
Sprecher's ace closed out the set.
"We kept our serves more consistent than we did in the first," Wheeler said. "In the first set we missed a ton of serves. I just let it be known to the guys we had to get the ball in and let (C-SC) play us. Our serves helped us pull away."
Quincy went back-and-forth with C-SC in the third set before taking an 11-9 lead. The Hawks scored the eight of the next nine points to lead 19-10. The lead was never fewer than eight the rest of the way.
Both sides struggled to gain much of an advantage in the first set as the lead was never more than two until two attacking errors by C-SC gave Quincy a 20-16 lead.
The Wildcats (2-13), however, scored three straight points to make it 20-19, but another C-SC attacking error and a Wheeler kill made it 22-19. Wheeler had another kill before a C-SC serving error gave the Hawks the first set.
"I thought in the first game we showed a lot of composure and fought all the way through," C-SC coach Caren Kemner said. "I think what you see in the second and third games is we aren't able to hold the physicality and mental attention it takes to go matches."
Wheeler led Quincy with 16 kills, while Shaquille Barker had 12 for C-SC.