No. 5 Mustangs Sweep Eastern Mennonite, But Fall To No. 2 Stevens

No. 5 Mustangs Sweep Eastern Mennonite, But Fall To No. 2 Stevens

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The fifth-ranked Stevenson men's volleyball team extended their win streak to ten straight with a 3-0 win over unranked Eastern Mennonite University, but then suffered their first loss since opening night in match number two falling to second-ranked Stevens in three sets in tri-match action hosted by Eastern Mennonite University at the Yoder Arena on Saturday afternoon.

  • Set scores were 25-14, 25-12, and 25-18.
  • Stevenson (10-1) used kills from sophomores Logan Smiley, Garrett Weigeland Nate Reynolds coupled with one from senior Landon Shorts to take a 6-2 lead in the first.
  • Eastern Mennonite (0-6) worked themselves back into the set closing the gap to two on four occasions as a kill by Jacob Durren made it 14-12 visitors.
  • The Mustangs dominated the remainder of the frame as Weigel and Shorts recorded kills along with three combination blocks between graduate student Christian Taylor and junior Kyle Bosko during an 11-2 run to close out set one 25-14.
  • In the second again Stevenson jumped out an early advantage as a kill by Smiley made it 6-3.
  • With the guests leading 10-5, the Royals cut the deficit to two as a Sean Wright ace and assisted block by Josh White and Travis Abele brought the margin to 10-8.
  • Stevenson answered back scoring the next three points on a pair of Eastern Mennonite attack errors and a single kill by Bosko pushing the lead to 13-8.
  • After a Drew Bennett kill got the hosts back on the board, the Mustangs reeled off the ensuing eight points with kills for Bosko, Weigel, Shorts, and junior Nathan Bosse extending the away side advantage to 21-9.
  • A bad serve off the hand of Durren wrapped up frame number two 25-12.
  • Kills from Weigel and Reynolds along with three Royals miscues gave the guests a 6-4 edge to being the third.
  • Eastern Mennonite remained close as a 5-2 run capped off by a service error from Shorts trimmed the margin down to one 11-10.
  • Stevenson then took control using a 10-3 gallop aided by kills for Shorts and freshman Tanner Stauffer along with a combination block from Reynolds and Taylor to grab a 21-13 lead.
  • Five of the next eight would belong to the Royals, a finishing kill from the hand of Weigel capped off the set and the match 25-18.
  • The Mustangs posted a .243 attack percentage to the Royals -.102.
  • Stevenson held a 6-1 edge in service aces.
  • Both sides totaled 30 digs.
  • Shorts led the Mustangs with nine kills, four digs, three aces, and a pair of blocks.
  • Weigel posted six kills and four digs.
  • Taylor dished out 23 assists and led the team in digs with seven.
  • The Royals got eight kills and five digs from Hunter Taylor.
  • Abele totaled a match-high ten digs.    

  • Set scores were 25-17, 25-19, and 25-22.
  • The two sides shared the opening eight points of the match as a kill from Weigel knotted things at 4-4.
  • Stevens (4-0) would grab a small 7-5 edge after a kill by David Lehman and a combination block between Cooper Diamond and Lehman.
  • On the following point, a kill out of the hand of Weigel pulled the Mustangs back within 7-6.
  • The Ducks then took control of the frame with kills by Jack Bittker, Diamond, and Lehman assisted on an 11-3 push to go ahead 18-9.
  • Stevenson (10-2) picked up a kill from Reynolds and an assisted block by Bosko and Shorts along with three Stevens errors to cut the deficit to 20-14.
  • A kill put away by Shorts kept the Mustangs within reach at 22-16, but an ace for Jonathan Frenzel and a kill from Diamond ended the first 25-17.
  • With the score level 2-2 to begin the second, the Ducks used a pair of kills from Diamond to take a 7-3 advantage. 
  • Weigel put down a kill followed up by a Diamond attack error brought Stevenson within two 7-5.
  • The Mustangs kept the pressure on thanks to blocks from Shorts, Reynolds, and Bosko along with a Weigel kill to only be down 10-9.
  • Stevens extended the lead out to 14-10 on another Lehman kill.
  • Stevenson could never get closer than three down as with the score 22-19, kills from Dylan DeBoer and Lehman followed by a Bosko mishit capped off set number two 25-22.
  • A block between Bosko and Weigel coupled with a Smiley kill gave the Mustangs an small two-point edge at 4-2 to start the third.
  • After a kill from Reynolds made it 12-10 Stevenson, an attack miscue by Ryan Byrne gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the frame 13-10.
  • Lehman picked up a solo block to finish off a 4-1 run to draw the score even 14-14.
  • With a kill off the arm of Weigel nudged Stevenson ahead 16-15, the Ducks rallied back on a pair of Bittker kills to regain a 19-16 edge.
  • A Reynolds kill pulled the margin to two 24-22, unfortunately on the ensuing point Stedman van Arsdale put away the final kill of the frame and match 25-22.
  • Stevens hit a shy under .300 at .297, while Stevenson posted a .128.
  • The Ducks handed out 40 assists to the Mustangs 29.
  • Weigel led Stevenson with nine kills, three digs, and three blocks.
  • Smiley posted six kills, while Shorts and Reynolds each added five.
  • Sophomore Aleks Melbardis totaled a team-high 14 assists, with Taylor chipping in 13.
  • For Stevens, Bittker recorded a match-high 13 kills to go along with five digs.
  • Diamond posted nine kills and Lehman added eight.
  • Jacob Patterson dished out a match-high 37 assists.

  • The win over Eastern Mennonite extended the Mustangs win streak to ten in a row before it was snapped by Stevens in the second match.
  • The nine kills in the Stevens match were a season-high for Weigel.
  • Stevenson was unable to avenge last season's four-set loss to Stevens in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • With the two matches today the Mustangs wrap up a stretch of 12 matches in 18 days.  

  • Stevenson now gets some well deserved time to rest as they do not return to action until Wednesday, February 13 when they travel to Reading, Pennslyvania to open up Middle Atlantic Conference play against Alvernia University at 7pm.