No. 5 Mustangs Push Streak To Nine, Beat No. 8 Southern Virginia In Five

No. 5 Mustangs Push Streak To Nine, Beat No. 8 Southern Virginia In Five

BUENA VISTA, Va. - The fifth-ranked Stevenson men's volleyball team survived a nip-and-tuck match on Friday night against eighth-ranked host Southern Virginia University to defeat the Knights in five hard-fought sets by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 15-25, and 17-15 at Knight Sports Arena. 

  • Southern Virginia (3-1) started out strong getting kills from four different players to take a 5-2 lead.
  • Stevenson (9-1) responded with kills by sophomores Nate Reynolds, Logan Smileyand a an ace off the hand of classmate Garrett Weigel to earn five straight grabbing a 7-5 edge.
  • With the Knights trailing by two 9-7, two blocks from Mark Stapley and a pair of kills put down by Nahuel Recabarren aided a 6-2 push to put the hosts up 12-10.
  • Weigel knotted the score at 13-13 with a kill which led to teams splitting the next ten points keeping things tied 18-18.
  • The Mustangs finished off a 6-2 run on a service ace by senior Landon Shorts to get one point away from the set 24-21, but a serve error and block from Recabarren pulled the margin to 24-23.
  • Smiley would finish off the first at 25-23 by pounding down a kill at the feet of the Knights defense.  

  • Stevenson galloped out to a 9-3 lead getting two kills from Smiley and a solo by Weigel.
  • A three-point Knights run capped off by a Colby Wilson kill made it 9-6.  However, kills off the arms of Reynolds and Shorts opened the gap back to five 13-8.
  • Southern Virginia saw kills from Paul Clark along with one for Recabarren and six Mustangs attack errors to snag a 16-14 advantage.
  • A combination block between Reynolds and Weigel brought the visitors level at 16-16 before a Stapley kill nudged the home side back in front 17-16.
  • The Mustangs could never recapture the lead as they would stay within one, but a Stevenson ball-handling error ended the second 25-23.

  • To begin the third once again it was the guests who had to dig out of an early hole with a pair of Clark kills and an assisted block from Wilson along with Recabarren staked the Knights to  a 7-2 lead.
  • Southern Virginia continued to hold the advantage as another kill for Clark extended the margin to five 13-8.
  • With the Mustangs still down by five at 17-12, a kill by freshman Tanner Stauffer sparked a 6-1 sprint by the away side as Stauffer picked up two kills and a pair of aces during the stretch to make it 18-18.
  • The score would be tied six more times in the frame, and then with the score 24-24, a combination block between Taylor and Reynolds followed by a Taylor kill gave the frame to Stevenson 26-24.

  • Southern Virginia had control of the fourth from the beginning jumping out to an 11-3 advantage on a kill from Recabarren.
  • The Mustangs tried to hang around as two kills and an ace for Shorts cut the deficit to 14-9.
  • Unfortunately, that would be the closest they could get as the Knights outscored them 11-6 down the stretch and took the set at 25-15 thanks to a guest service error 

  • A Smiley kill gave the Mustangs a slim one-point deficit 4-3 to open the fifth and final frame.
  • Two kills from Wilson and one for Stapley gave the home a 7-3 lead before back-to-back points earned by Smiley brought it to 7-5.
  • The Mustangs fell behind by five at 10-5 after a kill for Clark and ace by Recabarren.
  • Stevenson rallied back scoring the next five themselves on three kills from Shorts coupled by a solo block knotting the score 10-10.
  • With the score 13-13, a Recabarren mishit put the guests one point away, but a Stapley kill made it 14-14.
  • A Wilson kill saved the Knights from defeat to draw even 15-15.
  • However, it would not be enough to save them as back-to-back attack errors by Recabarren and Wilson gave the match to Stevenson 17-15.

  • The Mustangs have now won nine straight after dropping their opener.
  • They are 4-1 in matches that have gone the full five sets.
  • Stevenson is 4-0 against teams that have appeared in the AVCA national poll.
  • Southern Virginia outhit Stevenson on the night .217 to .203
  • The Mustangs held a slim edge on the service line with six aces to five.
  • Smiley led Stevenson with 15 kills, six digs, and an ace.
  • Shorts was also in double-digits with 14 kills, eight digs, three blocks, and two aces.
  • Taylor had a team-high 33 assists.
  • Clark and Recabarren each totaled 19 kills for the Knights and combined for 15 digs, four blocks and three aces.
  • Kaipo Tagaloa recorded a match-high 55 assists.

  • Stevenson will play games 11 and 12 of their opening 13-match road trip when they travel to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia for a tri-match, tomorrow, February 2nd against the host Royals at 11am.  Then, they will battle the second-ranked Stevens with first serve between the Mustangs and Ducks slated for 1pm.