It took just the college men’s volleyball opener for opposite Omari Wheeler to show why he is an all-conference caliber player.
The All-MIVA senior finished with a match-high 17 kills on a .455 attack percentage as Quincy swept Indiana Tech 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 in the nation’s season opening NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball match on Wednesday in Quincy, Illinois.
Wheeler, who finished last season in the nation’s top 25 averaging 3.54 kills per game, was one of three Hawks with at least five kills in the victory. Middle attacker Zach Reider had five kills and zero attack errors on a .500 attack percentage, while outside attacker Michael Lander added nine kills.
Quincy out-hit Indiana Tech .278 to .034, including holding the second-year NAIA program to a zero attack percentage in both the first and third games.
Setter Yoran Raymaeker led all players with 12 digs in the victory. In addition, Lander contributed 11 digs.
Outside attacker Daynte Stewart ended with a team-high 13 kills against Quincy. Stewart, though, was the only Warrior to have more than five kills in the loss.
This was the second consecutive match that Stewart led the Warriors in kills. The sophomore had 14 kills as Indiana Tech in its season opener Saturday upset Campbellsville, the No. 2 nationally ranked team in the NAIA.
Quincy’s season-opening win was the first of four consecutive matches it will play versus NAIA teams. The team will next play Grandview, the No. 1 nationally ranked NAIA program, on Friday.