No. 7 Mustangs Defeat Rivier And Hunter In Day Two Of The Clash At Kean

No. 7 Mustangs Defeat Rivier And Hunter In Day Two Of The Clash At Kean

UNION, N.J. - The seventh-ranked Stevenson men's volleyball returned to the court on Saturday afternoon and downed Rivier University in four sets and swept Hunter College on day two of The Clash at Kean hosted by Kean University.

  • Set scores were 25-20, 25-27, 25-20, and 25-13
  • The two teams split the opening four points as a kill from senior Landon Shorts tied things at 4-4.
  • Stevenson (7-1) took a four-point lead after a kill by junior Kyle Bosko and an attack error off the hand of David Smith made it 12-8.
  • Rivier (0-2) closed the gap to one on a Cam Roth kill which ended a 5-2 spurt cutting the score to 14-13.
  • The Raiders got level on a kill from Dashaun Graham and then snagged the 16-15 edge when Roth delivered an ace.
  • A Jake Normandin serve error pulled the Mustangs level 17-17.  Then from their Stevenson outscored Rivier 8-3 as an error by Roth ended the first 25-20.
  • With the score knotted at 7-7 in the second kills from Christian Taylor and Shorts along with a combination block between Taylor and Reynolds gave the Mustangs an 11-7 advantage.
  • Pedro Campos put away a kill for the Raiders capping a 10-5 push to give them the lead 17-16.
  • The teams exchanged points with each side answering the until a Graham kill put Rivier a point from evening the match, but a Reynolds block and Shorts kill made it 24-24.
  • Rivier took three of the next four as a bad set by Taylor finished the frame 27-25.
  • In the third things remained tight as neither squad could grab bigger than a two-point until a kill from sophomore Logan Smiley and a block between Bosko and Taylor opened up a 20-16 cushion for the Mustangs.
  • The Raiders would get as close as three two-times, but Stevenson got kills from Bosko and Smiley complimented by an ace off the hand of Shorts to close the scoring 25-20.
  • To begin the fourth kills by Shorts and Bosko staked the Mustangs to a 4-2 edge.
  • With Stevenson having the lead trimmed to one (5-4), they responded by earning the next five points with kills from Smiley and Reynolds helped by two Raiders attack miscues extended the margin to 9-4.
  • The Mustangs maintained the five-point advantage all the way to 13-8 on another kill for Bosko and pushed it out to eight when Bosko along with Smiley and a pair of Shorts service aces made it 16-8.
  • Rivier was forced to take a timeout when a solo block by Taylor opened up the largest lead of the set 20-11.
  • Stevenson never let the Raiders back in leading by as many as eleven 24-13, before another Bosko kill ended the frame and the match 25-13.      
  • Shorts (15) and Bosko (10) paced the Mustangs in kills.
  • Taylor dished out a match-high 40 assists and had eight blocks.
  • Reynolds chipped in eight kills and eight blocks.
  • Rivier got a team-high 11 kills from Francis Kokoros.
  • The Mustangs posted a .398 hitting percentage to the Raiders .110

  • Set scores were 25-20, 25-14, and 25-23.
  • Hunter (0-2) started strong with a pair of kills from Qendrim Shala and a block by Sherrod Cole and Shala made it 4-0.
  • Stevenson (8-1) stampeded back to take the lead 5-4 thanks to two aces and a kill off the hands of Shorts.
  • The teams then embarked on a seesaw set as the Hawks knotted the score at 14-14 after a kill by Michael Jazgarski.
  • An ace from the hand of freshman Michael Dougherty in addition to a kill by Smiley opened up an 18-15 edge for the Mustangs.
  • Back-to-back kills put away from Jazgarski pulled Hunter to within one 20-19.
  • Two kills for Smiley and a single one for Bosko helped Stevenson to go on a 5-1 run to close the first 25-20.
  • The Mustangs galloped out to an early 6-1 advantage on a kill and ace for Shorts coupled with a combination block between Smiley and Reynolds along with a Dougherty ace.  
  • Stevenson kept the lead the rest of the second taking as big of a lead as ten points at 22-12 on a kill from Shorts.
  • A kill for Cole trimmed the deficit for Hunter to 22-14, but a kill for sophomore Garrett Weigel followed by a Shorts ace wrapped up the frame 25-14.
  • With the Hawks leading 9-7 to begin the third kills from Shorts and Weigel brought Stevenson level 9-9.
  • Hunter responded using two Mustangs miscues and a Cyrus De Guzman ace to recapture a 13-9 edge.
  • Stevenson answered back later on with a 4-1 sprint of their own on kills from Smiley and Shorts to cut the margin to 16-15.
  • Down two 19-17, a missed serve for De Guzman and a poor hit by Jazgarski evened things again 19-19.
  • The frame would be tied up four more times at 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, and 23-23.
  • Shorts delivered consecutive kills with the score 23-23 to claim the set and the match 25-23.
  • Stevenson outhit Hunter .272 to .103.
  • The Mustangs dominated the service line posting seven aces to the Hawks one.
  • Shorts posted a match-high 17 kills along with eight digs and four aces.
  • Smiley added seven kills and eight digs as well.
  • Reynolds, Bosko, and Weigel each finished with four kills.
  • Taylor had a match-high 29 assists.
  • Shala paced the Hawks with a dozen kills and six digs.

  • With the two victories today Stevenson has now won eight in a row.
  • The seven aces in the Hunter game were the most on the season.
  • In the four-set win against Rivier the .398 hitting percentage was the highest of the year.
  • Shorts was the only Mustang on the afternoon to record double-digit kills in both matches.
  • The ten kills totaled by Bosko versus Rivier were a career-high.
  • Taylor has posted 40-plus assists in five matches. 

  • Stevenson will get a little bit of a rest before heading back on the road on Friday, February 1 when they travel to ninth-ranked Southern Virginia University for a 7pm start.