OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson men's volleyball team suffered its fifth straight set loss this season as the Mustangs fell to Continental Volleyball Conference for Juniata, 18-25, 19-25, 21-25 Friday evening at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Mustangs (16-10, 7-4 CVC) fall to fourth place in the Continental Volleyball Conference. The team is two games ahead of Rutgers-Newark with three conference games remaining and two at home.
After the two teams went back and forth early in the opening set, the Eagles (16-10, 8-3 CVC) went on a 9-3 run to take a 20-13 lead capped by a service ace by Sean Cavanaugh. But Stevenson responded with three straight kills, including a pair by sophomore Jason Gardner.
But the visitors took four of the five final points, including three errors by the Mustangs, to take the opening set. Juniata hit .400 in the opening set, putting down 11 kills to just one error. Meanwhile, Stevenson recorded six service errors in the set.
With the Eagles leading 17-10 in the second set, the Mustangs took their second timeout and came out with four consecutive points to force the visitors to take a timeout of its own. Stevenson got as close as 20-17 late in the set but Juniata used a 5-2 run to close the set.
The visitors used another strong hitting performance in the second set, hitting .471 with just one error. Through two sets, the Mustangs had 10 more kills than their opponent but totaled 13 attack errors and 10 service errors.
The third set was much tighter, with neither team leading by more than two until Juniata won three consecutive points to open a 22-18 lead. Stevenson responded with back-to-back points, including a service ace by senior Michael Fehrs. But once again the visitors were able to close out the set.
The Eagles finished with 14 block assists and three solo blocks while committing just four attack errors. In comparison, the Mustangs recorded no blocks with 18 attack errors and 14 service errors.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, April 1 when the Mustangs host a Continental Volleyball Conference contest versus Thiel in the Greenspring Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Head Coach Aldis Berzins talks about the team's loss to CVC opponent Juniata tonight.