Mustangs Go The Distance, But Fall To Division I Charleston (W.Va.)

Mustangs Go The Distance, But Fall To Division I Charleston (W.Va.)

CHARLESTON, W.V. - The eleventh-ranked Stevenson University men's volleyball team opened their 2019 campaign on Wednesday night by taking on the Division I the University of Charleston at the Wehrle Innovation Center.  After dropping the first set the Mustangs rallied to take a 2-1 advantage, but the Golden Eagles would not be denied on their home floor as they came back to win the match in a hard-fought five sets by scores of 25-20, 17-25, 22-25, 25-19 and 15-13

  • Stevenson (0-1) fell behind 1-0, but a kill by Kyle Bosko and a service ace from Landon Shorts set them ahead 3-1.
  • Charleston (2-2) picked up the following two points off an attack error and a kill by Eugene Stuart leveling the first 3-3.
  • The Golden Eagles took a five-point advantage at 12-7 after a pass from Diego Villafane led to a score off the arm of Max Senica.  
  • A kill by Villafane capped off three straight for the hosts to open up the largest lead of the first 21-14.  
  • The Mustangs tried to hang tough with a kill from Logan Smiley cutting the deficit down to three at 23-20, but a block by Ian Barker and Maarten Bartels followed by a Barker ace wrapped up set one 25-20.

  • Stevenson started strong as Jason Gardner, Shorts, and Smiley all recorded kills to stake the visitors to a 6-1 edge.  
  • Five straight for Charleston pulled the margin to one (6-5), but the Mustangs kept the Golden Eagles at an arm's length as a Bartels misserve made it 10-7.
  • An ace off the hand of Shorts finished off a 9-2 run by Stevenson aided by kills from Bosko, Smiley, and Gardner to open up a substantial 19-10 lead.
  • The home team got as close as 20-15 after a service error, but a kill from Shorts and a missed serve return evened the match at 1-1 with a 25-17 Mustangs win.
  • Stevenson in the set hit .292 to the opponents .080.

  • This time it was Charleston who forced the guests to play catch-up as they started out with a 4-1 lead.  
  • That advantage was maintained all the way out to 13-10, before a kill by Nate Reynolds and a an ace from Smiley put them behind just barely at 14-13.
  • With the Mustangs still down 20-17 back-to-back attack errors by the Golden Eagles followed by a Smiley kill knotted the set at 20-20.
  • The two sides split the next four points to stay tied 22-22.  However, a bad serve, a combination block between Bosko and Shorts along with a Shorts kill gave the third to the visitors 25-22.
  • It was another pretty good hitting set for Stevenson as they posted a .280 attack percentage to Charleston .174.

  • With the score 3-3 consecutive Mustangs miscues and a kill by Barker made it 6-3 home team.
  • Stevenson hung around as they were still only 13-10 after a Bartels attack error, but the Golden Eagles then opened things up scoring five of the next six to push the lead to 18-11.
  • The teams then exchanged points which did not help the visitors much as the margin stayed at six to 23-17.
  • A kill by Bosko after a Bartels error trimmed it to 23-19 and showed the Mustangs would not go quietly.  Unfortunately, a mishit by Smiley and a kill from Barker closed the fourth out 25-19.

  • The decisive set began with a 4-1 start for the Golden Eagles thanks to kills by Byron Hurd and Adriel Robert.
  • With Stevenson behind 7-4, a solo block from Christian Taylor and a mistake by Barker brought the margin to 7-6.
  • A kill by Bosko and then combination blocks off the hands of Bosko and Smiley; then Gardner and Bosko gave the Mustangs their first lead of the set at 10-9.
  • The Golden Eagles responded with four of the next five as a kill by Stuart made it 13-11 for the hosts.
  • Stevenson did not go away though.  A service error from Chase Johnson led to a kill by Smiley on the ensuing to point to draw the frame even 13-13.
  • After a serve mistake by the Mustangs and Charleston facing match point, Johnson found Hurd with a pass who spiked it down to end the set and the match 15-13.

  • Charleston hit .216 for the match while Stevenson was at .155
  • Both teams recorded 47 assists.
  • The Mustangs held a slim 4-3 edge in service aces.
  • The Golden Eagles had a big advantage in blocks 26-13.
  • Shorts totaled 13 kills, 10 digs, and two aces hitting .257.
  • Smiley added 13 kills as well.
  • Bosko led the Mustangs with six blocks and chipped in nine kills.
  • Taylor had a game-high 44 assists and a solo block.
  • Bartels and Stuart each posted double-digit kills for the Golden Eagles.
  • Villafane had a team-high 24 assists, while Robert recorded a game-high nine blocks.

  • The Mustangs continue their road trip tomorrow January 17 when they face off with Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Harrington Center with the first serve set for 5pm.