QU Men’s Volleyball Team Loses to Lewis

Watching men’s volleyball is fast, furious and very physical with amazing power.

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Quincy, Ill. –The Quincy University men’s volleyball team under newly appointed coach Bob Crank loses in straight sets to No. 5 Lewis in Saturday’s game at Pepsi Arena. The Hawks with the loss 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 played the Flyers in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

The Hawks with a record of (3-14, 1-10 MIVA) were outgunned by Lewis (15-3 MIVA 9-2). The Flyers had a .449 hitting percentage to the Hawks .292. The Lewis team leading with six aces from the serving line and zero from the Hawks gave the team an additional edge.

QU Men’s Volleyball coach Bob Crank, who is also the coach of the women’s volleyball team finds very subtle differences in coaching either team.

“Men have a different approach to learning and playing the game, they play tougher, hit harder with fewer rallies and fewer defensive plays. The women want to focus on learning the technical side of the game, more strategy on offense and creating a bigger defense,” Crank said.

Men’s volleyball is a very powerful sport and it is very physical. There are some spectators who never miss a game when the team is playing in town. One big reason is there are some great players who go on to national teams. One spectator that never misses a game is Tammy Honer from Warsaw, Illinois.

“I love to watch volleyball, especially the men’s team. I played when I was younger in high school, but when I went to Culver-Stockton College, I couldn’t compete on that level. I think it’s great to watch the power that men have when they play,” Honer said.

Some of that power on the team comes from sophomore David Siebum, St. Louis, Missouri, who was responsible for 10 kills (.227) and five digs during the match. Junior Shane McAdams from Tuscon, Arizona, assisted the team with 8 kills (.105) against Lewis.

Others helping to lead the way were Anthony Winter, a junior from Olmsted Falls, Ohio added seven kills (.429) with team member Jarrod Kelso, a senior from Hilliard, Ohio adding six kills (.556)  and sophomore Adam Rogan supplied 23 assists to help the Hawks battle against the tough Lewis team.

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The Flyers were bringing the heat during Saturday’s match. The stellar performances by teammates Kyle Bugee with 13 kills (.571), Trevor Weiskircher with 11 kills (.444) and Jacob Schmiegelt adding 10 kills (1.000) proved to be too much for the Hawks.

The amazing acceleration that is witnessed during the average spike in the men’s game is moving between 50 and 60 miles per hour. At the Olympic level, it gets even faster, between 70 and 80 miles per hour.

That kind of speed and force are what makes the men’s game exciting to watch. Fans of the game really enjoy watching a sport with those dynamics. Freshman Sara Rathbun who plays on the women’s volleyball team has been playing the sport since fifth grade.

“I am volleyball player who likes to watch men’s versus women’s playing and the difference between them. Men have more strength and women use more technique,” Rathbun said.

The Summer Olympics also brings a great deal of attention to the flourishing sport. The United States’ teams have done well over the last two decades, bringing home medals in women’s indoor, men’s indoor, women’s beach, and men’s beach.

It is a sport that is growing and expanding at all levels of play from high school all the way to college and beyond.

The Hawks next 6 games will be on the road before returning to Pepsi Arena to take on Culver-Stockton College on March 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.

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