QUINCY, Ill. — Quincy defeated No.3 Carthage 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24) at home.
From the outset, the match looked to be a battle with 18 ties and 8 lead changes. Carthage would take the 26-24 victory as they narrowly out hit the Hawks .351 (17 kills and 4 errors on 37 attempts) to .324 (16 kills and 5 errors on 34 attempts).
Both teams struggled to find the floor in the second set as both teams hitting percentages sunk into the 100s. However, Quincy would hold the edge in hitting percentage and also take even the match at one a piece with a 25-22 score.
In the third set, the Hawks would explode to 19 kills and a .412 team hitting percentage behind an offensive onslaught from Ryan Lehmann who had 9 kills and hit .615 in the set. Meanwhile, the Hawks defense held the Redmen to just 10 kills and a .172 hitting percentage.
The fourth set would see the Redmen pick up their offense and record 14 kills, but the Hawks would continue to fly high as they recorded 17 kills. The Hawks would take the set 26-24 on back to back blocks involving John Pranger.
Ryan Lehmann led the Hawks balanced offense with 19 kills while Joe Sokol (14), Joe Ascher (11), and Steven Battaglia (11) also reached double digits. The Hawk defense was led by libero Brian Peth’s 15 digs. Andrew Ouano dished out 57 assists.