Mustangs Down No. 14 Benedictine In Five, And Augustana In Four

Mustangs Down No. 14 Benedictine In Five, And Augustana In Four

LISLE, Ill. - The eleventh-ranked Stevenson men's volleyball team wrapped up their trip to Illinois with a pair of victories in the tri-match hosted by Benedictine University at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.  First, the Mustangs rallied back from a 2-1 sets deficit to down No. 14 Benedictine University (Ill.) in five, and then in the second match, they took down Augustana University (Ill.) in four.   

  • Sets scores were 25-23, 16-25, 24-26, 25-22, and 15-13.
  • With the score tied 6-6 in the first, Stevenson (4-1) got a kill from Logan Smiley and a combined block between Nathan Bosse and Christian Taylor to grab an 8-6 advantage.
  • Benedictine (1-1) worked hard to get back into the set and closed the margin to one a few different occasions but with the Mustangs one point away a kill from Landon Shorts ended the frame 25-20.
  • In the second the Eagles jumped out to a 14-8 lead on a service ace by Nick Malak and never looked back leading by as many as nine before a Malak kill closed the scoring at 25-16.
  • The following set, the visitors opened up with a 6-3 edge on a kill and ace by Jason Gardner
  • A block for the hosts between Kyle VanStedum and Joe Lock brought it to even 9-9, four points later a kill from Smiley pulled the Mustangs even at 11-11.
  • Benedictine embarked on a 6-3 run finished off on another Malak kill giving the home side a 17-14 advantage.
  • The Mustangs hung around as a kill from Shorts saved a set point, but the Eagles scored the next two to take it 26-24.
  • Things looked rough for Stevenson to begin the fourth as they fell behind 13-8.
  • A service error from Tanner Stauffer made it 16-12 but seemed to spark the guests as a combination by Bosse and Gardner capped a 5-1 Mustangs push to knot the score 17-17.
  • With Stevenson, down 20-18, kills by Shorts, Reynolds, Stauffer, and a block between Shorts and Reynolds closed out a 7-2 Mustangs gallop to force a fifth 25-22.
  • Benedictine took an early 4-1 lead to start the fifth, but an ace off the hand of Michael Dougherty capped off four straight by the guests to take a slim 5-4 advantage.
  • The two sides exchanged points for a little while as there would be eight ties during that stretch taking the score to 12-12 on a kill by Gardner.
  • Stevenson took three of the next four on an attack error, a Gardner and Reynolds block, and a kill from Stauffer ended the set and the match 15-13. 
  • The Mustangs outhit the Eagles .176 to .160.
  • Shorts, Gardner and Reynolds all posted double-digit kills.
  • Smiley finished with nine kills and three block assists.
  • Elijah Medlock led all players with 20 kills.
  • Adriel Rivas, Malak, and VanStedum each totaled double-digit kills.
  • Lock recorded a match-high 59 assists.   

  • Set scores were 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, and 25-19
  • With the opening set tied 2-2, Stevenson (5-1) got kills from Reynolds, Gardner, and Stauffer to grab an 8-4 advantage.
  • The Mustangs continued to lead the rest of the set opening up a nine-point on a service ace by Billy Russo at 22-13.
  • Augustana (0-2) attempted to work their way back into the frame with a Luis Zavala kill and ace bringing the margin down to 24-19, before a bad serve for Zavala gave Stevenson the first 25-19.
  • The teams split the opening ten points of the second as a block for Joshua Richardson leveled the score 5-5, before an ace for Joey DeMatteo gave them a 6-5 edge.
  • They maintained their advantage as a kill by Ryan Hirschel gave the Vikings their largest lead of the set 19-12.
  • Stevenson continued to battle with a Shorts kill and Garrett Weigel service ace trimming the deficit down to 24-23, unfortunately, Caleb Minnis tallied a kill on the next point to claim the set 25-23.
  • The Mustangs stormed out to a 6-0 lead on kills by Smiley, Shorts, and Gardner to begin the third.
  • Augustana eventually battled back to down 17-16 on a kill by Zavala and then on the ensuing point a combination block from Dylan Baum and Richardson drew even 17-17.
  • Stevenson finished on an 8-3 push obtaining two kills each from Shorts and Smiley coupled with a Russo ace to grab a 2-1 sets lead 25-20.
  • With the score at 4-4 to open the fourth two consecutive combination blocks for the Mustangs one from Reynolds and Smiley with the other coming between Reynolds and Taylor gave Stevenson a 6-4 edge.
  • A kill by Shorts extended the margin the three at 10-7.
  • Stevenson grabbed their largest lead of the set on another kill off the arm of Shorts 17-12.
  • Augustana cut the deficit down to two on a Hirschel ace at 19-17, the Mustangs responded with a 4-1 run on a Weigel and Bosse block along with a Dougherty ace made it 23-18.
  • An attack by Jason Szara was blocked by Reynolds, Taylor, and Smiley to wrap up the frame and the match 25-19.
  • Stevenson posted a .298 hitting percentage with Augustana totaling a .142.
  • The Mustangs had a 12-6 edge in blocks.
  • Smiley totaled 12 kills, four digs, and two blocks.
  • Shorts racked up 11 kills, five digs, and a block.
  • Reynolds added six kills and six blocks.
  • Minnis led the Vikings with 10 kills, while Hirschel recorded a game-high 38 assists.

  • Stevenson is now 2-1 in matches decided in five sets.
  • The win over No. 14 Benedictine now makes the Mustangs 2-0 against teams appearing in the AVCA Top 15 poll or teams just outside receiving votes.
  • Smiley and Shorts continue their strong start to the season totaling a combined 49 kills on the afternoon.
  • Shorts was the only Mustang to record double-digit kills in both contests.
  • The .298 hitting percentage in the match against Augustana tied for the season-high the was set against North Central (Ill.) on January 19.

  • Stevenson will finally get a few days of rest before returning to action on Friday, January 25 when they travel to Union, New Jersey to do battle with Endicott College in the Kean University Invitational.  First serve is set for 4pm.