Shorts Leads Mustangs to Second Consecutive Straight Set Win

Shorts Leads Mustangs to Second Consecutive Straight Set Win

READING, Pa. - Stevenson men's volleyball sophomore Landon Shorts posted a match-high 12 kills to lead the Mustangs to their second consecutive straight set victory with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-14 Continental Volleyball Conference win over Alvernia Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Mustangs (18-10, 9-4 CVC) are tied for third place with Eastern Mennonite in the conference standings. Stevenson and the Royals will meet in the final regular season conference contest. Eastern Mennonite won the first meeting in five sets.

Tied at 6-6 in the opening set, the visitors used a 7-0 run, capped by back-to-back kills by senior Michael Fehrs, to open a seven-point lead. The Crusaders (10-17, 1-12 CVC) could not close the gap as the teams traded points the rest of the way.

Alvernia opened the second set winning four of the first five points on three consecutive errors by the Mustangs. But Stevenson responded with a 12-4 run on seven errors from the Crusaders. The hosts three times cut the deficit to two, including 15-13.

But that would be as close as Alvernia would get as the Mustangs won the next six points on two kills by Fehrs and a kill apiece by Shorts and senior Nate Ellis.

The Mustangs hit .600 in the third set, putting down 13 kills compared to just one error on 20 swings. In comparison, the Crusaders hit .000 in the set and recorded a -.024 attack percentage in the match.

Sophomore Jason Gardner finished with seven kills, nine digs and two block assists while Ellis totaled eight kills and four total blocks, including two solo. Freshman Jared Chin recorded 30 assists, seven digs and three kills.

Stevenson returns to action on Thursday, April 6 when the Mustangs host Arcadia in a non-conference contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.