Three years later the drought is over for Quincy.
Quincy ended a 34-match conference losing streak as it rallied from a two-game deficit to upset No. 9/9 Purdue Fort Wayne 22-25, 27-29, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11 on Saturday in Quincy, Illinois.
This is Quincy’s first win against a top-10 nationally ranked team since upsetting Ohio State in 2012. It also is the program’s first MIVA victory since a five-game road win against Purdue Fort Wayne in 2017.
Middle attacker Adam Meyer led all players with a career-best 10 blocks against the Mastodons (6-4, 1-2 MIVA).He also had eight kills on a .375 attack percentage, including the game-winning kill in the fourth game and two kills late in the decisive fifth game to help secure the victory.
The Hawks (4-9, 1-1 MIVA) had a season-high 18 blocks and limited the Mastodons to a .149 attack percentage. Along with Meyer, setter Yoran Raymaekers finished with eight blocks and outside attacker Omari Wheeler contributed four blocks.
Wheeler led Quincy with 18 kills and was one of two Hawks to have double-digit kills. The outside attacker and libero Noam Hannoun also both had a team-high 14 digs.
All-MIVA outside attacker Pelegrin Vargas in the loss finished both match-high 24 kills and 63 attack attempts. Vargas entered the weekend with a nation-best 4.82 kills per game average.
Outside attacker Wilmer Hernandez was the only other Mastodon with double-digit kills and had a match-high five aces. Purdue Fort Wayne finished with 10 aces — eight more aces than Quincy.
Purdue Fort Wayne has now suffered back-to-back conference losses since climbing to No. 9 in the latest national coaches poll and national media poll.