WILKES-BARRE, Pa.. – The Stevenson men's volleyball team continued to be red-hot taking their fourth straight match with a 3-0 win over Middle Atlantic Conference foe Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon at the Marts Center.
Stevenson (16-8, 9-0 MAC), stayed unbeaten in the MAC taking the contest by set scores of 25-11, 25-17, and 25-15. With the win, the Mustangs continue to look to solidify the number one seed in the upcoming MAC playoffs after clinching a berth in Thursday's 3-0 win over Messiah.
Sophomore Kyle Bosko had a career-high and team-high nine kills hitting .750 with two assisted blocks. Junior Landon Shorts added eight kills with a .500 attack percentage, nine service aces, and six digs. Freshman Logan Smiley chipped in five kills and a solo block. Classmate Garrett Weigel finished with four kills and three digs. Senior Alex Klunk and freshman Nate Reynolds combined for six kills and a block. Junior Jared Chin and freshman Aleks Melbardis each dished out 16 assists.
Wilkes (6-17, 2-6 MAC), was paced by Jones Mensah with 13 kills hitting .440, four blocks, and two digs. Daniel Sales had four kills, six digs, and a game-high 21 assists. Dylan Smith, Cole Hefner and Andrew Potter each added three kills.
The Mustangs got out to a fast start getting kills from junior Jason Gardner, Klunk, Smiley, and four service aces by Shorts to jump out to an 8-0 lead. Wilkes got kills by Potter and Smith to trim the deficit to 9-3. Stevenson grabbed four of the next six with kills from Smiley, Shorts, and Melbardis to push the to nine 14-5. A point earned by Sales for the Colonels pulled the margin to 16-8 but was met by a Klunk and two more aces from Shorts extending the advantage to double-digits 19-8 which led to a timeout by the home team. After a brief stop in the action, the hosts looked to keep their hopes alive in set one using two straight visitor errors bringing the score to 19-10. That was the closest Wilkes would get in the first as three kills from Reynolds and one by Gardner to cap off a 6-1 push to take the frame 25-11.
Set number two opened strong for the Mustangs as well with the score knotted 1-1, kills by sophomore Nathan Bosse, Weigel (2), Bosko, and an ace from Shorts sent the guests ahead 6-2. A block and kill coming off the arm of Mensah cut the deficit to 7-4 but Stevenson answered back with a 6-1 run aided by kills from Smiley, Bosko, and Shorts to snag a 13-5 edge. The teams traded the next eight scores holding the margin at eight 17-9. Consecutive kills by Mensah and a pair of attack errors by the away side brought the score to 17-13. The Mustangs continued to hold the lead at four all the way to 19-15. Wilkes was unable to get the lead under five the remainder of second as kills from Bosko and Shorts (2) as Stevenson finished the set on a 6-2 gallop to take the set 25-17.
The third saw the two sides split the first four points to level the score 2-2. Two kills from Bosko and an ace by Bosse sent the guests on a 4-1 stretch to go up 6-3. With the score at 7-5, the Mustangs took control of the set with a 7-3 run helped out with a kill by Melbardis, Shorts ace, and four Colonels attack miscues to take a 14-8 advantage. After kills by Sales and Michael Henne trimmed the margin to 14-10, two mishits from Sales and Brian Schumacher kept the lead at five 16-11. Wilkes answered back with a 4-2 run helped out by three kills off the arm of Mensah brought the deficit to three 18-15 causing a timeout to be taken by Stevenson. From there it was all Mustangs with kills by Bosko, Weigel, Shorts, and an ace by junior Billy Russo brought the set and match to a conclusion 25-15.
The Mustangs as a team hit .387 on 38 kills, while Wilkes hit .230 and totaled 29 kills. Stevenson held a massive edge on the service line picking up twelve aces to the Colonels two.
The Mustangs will be back in action on Wednesday, March, 28 when they travel to Reading, Pa. for a Middle Atlantic Conference match at Alvernia University. First serve against the Golden Wolves is set for 7pm.