Off the Block unveils Quincy All-Decade Starting Lineup

Photo courtesy of Quincy athletics

The top players from Quincy during this decade are receiving a college men’s volleyball honor.

Off the Block announced on Tuesday the seven players selected to the Quincy All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block.

The All-Decade Starting Lineup recognizes the best players to compete with a team since 2010. Similar to the starting lineup for a match, the All-Decade honor is comprised of a setter, opposite and libero along with two outside attackers and middle attackers.

The Off the Block staff determined the All-Decade Starting Lineup using a variety of factors including career statistical performance and the team’s overall success when a player was a member of the program.

This is also part of a series from Off the Block to celebrate the end of the decade in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block throughout the rest of 2019 will release an All-Decade Starting Lineup for every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.

Quincy had two top-six finishes in the MIVA since 2010. In addition, the Hawks qualified for every MIVA Tournament during the decade and once advanced to the conference tournament semifinals.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that was established in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball.

Quincy All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block

Setter: Andrew Ouano
Opposite: Jack Gamache
Outside attacker: Ian Lawson
Outside attacker: Joe Sokol
Middle attacker: Steven Battaglia
Middle attacker: Jarrod Kelso
Libero: Noam Hannoun

Steven Battaglia (2011-13)
Awards and honors:
2012 Second-Team All-MIVA; 2012 Off the Block Fan Choice National Player of the Year semifinalist
Battaglia in each of his three seasons with the Hawks had more than 200 kills and finished in the MIVA’s top 10 for attack percentage. As a freshman, Battaglia hit a career-high .392 and in the postseason had 11 kills on a .611 attack percentage and added six blocks to help Quincy upset Ball State in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals. Battaglia defensively finished his first two seasons in the conference’s top 10 for blocks averaging more than 0.85 blocks per game both times.

Jack Gamache (2013-16)
Awards and honors:
2015 Second-Team All-MIVA; 2016 Honorable Mention All-MIVA
Gamache averaged at least 2.00 kills per game in all four seasons in the Hawks starting lineup, including leading the team with a career-best 2.92 kills per game average in 2013. He also was in the top five of the MIVA in 2014 averaging 0.39 aces per game and concluded his time at Quincy with 135 career aces. Beyond his offensive numbers, Gamache had back-to-back seasons with at least 200 digs in 2014-15. Highlighting his performances in that 2015 All-MIVA season was a team-high 15 kills along with 14 digs in an five-game upset victory against Ball State.

Noam Hannoun, Quincy (2019 – present)
Awards and honors:
2019 Off the Block Freshman All-American; 2019 Off the Block All-World Team; 2019 MIVA All-Freshman Team
Hannoun in his freshman season finished with a nation-best 2.89 digs per game average. The libero had double-digit digs in 10 matches, including at least 20 digs in three conference matches. Among his 20-dig matches featured a match-high 22 digs in a near upset of Lindenwood in February.

Jarrod Kelso (2014-17)
Awards and honors:
2016 Second-Team All-MIVA; 2017 Second-Team All-MIVA
Kelso was the only Quincy player this decade to earn First or Second-Team All-MIVA honors multiple times. The middle attacker finished all four seasons in the conference’s top 10 for blocks. In addition, Kelso set the Quincy single-season record during the 25-point rally scoring era with 136 blocks in 2016. He also ended that season in the nation’s top 15 with both a .406 attack percentage and a 1.08 blocks per game average. This was the third consecutive season that Kelso had at least 200 kills and a .300 attack percentage.

Ian Lawson (2013-16)
Awards and honors:
N/A
Lawson led Quincy in kills as both a sophomore and senior, including being in the top 15 of the MIVA with a career-best 2.92 kills per game average in 2014. The outside attacker that season had 18 matches with double-digit kills. Among his top performances was a season-high 20 kills in a five-game victory against McKendree. Lawson in 2016 also had a match-high 16 kills in win versus Purdue Fort Wayne to begin a streak of double-digit kills in four consecutive MIVA matches. Along with his offensive performance, Lawson had at least 100 digs in three of his four seasons with the Hawks.

Andrew Ouano (2011-12)
Awards and honors:
N/A
Ouano during his first season in the starting lineup was third in the MIVA with a 10.02 assists per game average as he helped lead Quincy to its only postseason victory of the decade and the 2011 MIVA Tournament semifinals. The following year the setter was in the nation’s top 15 with a career-best 10.48 assists per game average, which remains the school’s single-season record during the 25-point rally scoring era. Ouano that season in Quincy’s biggest upset of the decade guided the offense to more than a .300 attack percentage in two games of a four-game victory against the defending NCAA champions Ohio State.

Joe Sokol (2009-12)
Awards and honors:
N/A
Sokol in back-to-back seasons was in the conference’s top 10 for kills and culminated that two-year run finishing eighth in the MIVA with a career-best 2.79 kills per game average as a senior in 2012. The outside attacker that season also had 13 kills on a .310 attack percentage and a match-high 15 digs as Quincy upset the defending NCAA champions Ohio State. Sokol had more than 100 digs in all four seasons at Quincy, and he ended each in his final two seasons in the top 15 of the MIVA averaging more than 1.40 digs per game.