QUINCY -- The Quincy University men's volleyball team is heading into spring break with some positive vibes.
The Hawks ended a four-game skid Thursday night with an efficient and dominant hitting performance in a 25-15, 25-16, 25-17 victory over Culver-Stockton College at Pepsi Arena.
The Hawks (5-13) bolted to a 6-0 lead in the first set, held an 11-4 advantage before the Wildcats burned a timeout and were never threatened. Quincy hit .583 in the set with Omari Wheeler, Blake Sprecher and Manuel Hernandez combining for 11 kills.
In the second set, the Hawks broke a 9-9 tie with a 7-2 run, pushed the lead to 20-13 and finished off the nine-point victory.
In the third set, C-SC (4-14) jumped out to a 4-1 lead, only to see Quincy answer with a 5-1 run. The Hawks pushed the lead to 17-11 before finishing off the sweep.
Wheeler led the Hawks with 16 kills, while Hernandez had eight kills and six digs. Matt Friddle finished with 36 assists, and Noam Hannoun had 11 digs. Shaquille Barker led the Wildcats with seven kills and four digs.
Hawks struggle offensively
The Quincy University men's lacrosse team struggled to generate an attack in its final pre-spring break matchup, losing 14-0 to Lynn University at QU Stadium.
The Fighting Knights, who are receiving votes in the latest USILA coaches poll, scored just 37 seconds into the game but were held at bay for the next 14 minutes. With just 16 seconds left in the first quarter, Lynn scored to go up 2-0. In the second quarter, however, the Fighting Knights (2-3) scored six times and went into halftime ahead 8-0.
Lynn played four goalies who combined to stop all five QU shots in the second half as the Fighting Knights posted their first shutout in program history. Lynn launched its lacrosse program in 2014.
Caleb Wells led Lynn with five goals, while Jalen Stanton had three. Andrew Borror put four of his team-high seven shots on goal for the Hawks (0-2), while Neal Dardis had six shots. Quincy goalkeeper Sam Huff made 10 saves.