LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the third consecutive week the Stevenson University men's volleyball team maintained the number six spot in the newest version of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Top-15 poll as announced by the organization on Tuesday afternoon.
Stevenson (17-3, 6-1 MAC) continue their streak of appearances in the AVCA Top-15 poll for the ninth straight week.
The Mustangs went 1-0 on the week after defeating non-conference opponent Trine University from Angola, Indiana on Friday by a 3-0 score. The set scores were 25-12, 25-21, and 25-10. Stevenson was paced by a balanced scoring attack with only senior Landon Shorts posting double-digit kills with 11. Sophomores Logan Smiley and Nate Reynolds combined for 15 kills, five aces, three digs, and two blocks. Junior Nathan Bosse and freshman Tanner Stauffer each chipped in a kill, while graduate student Christian Taylor handed out a match-high 21 assists. As a team, the Mustangs totaled a .324 attack percentage to go along with a season-high 16 service aces.
In national rankings, Reynolds ranks second in blocks per set with 1.29 and Shorts is fifth averaging .649 aces per set. As a team, they are second in blocks per set at 2.48 only .01 behind nation-leader Juniata, they are holding opponents to a .132 attack percentage which is good for 14th, and in hitting percentage they rank 18th with a .257.
This coming weekend is huge for the Mustangs as they will play three games in a two-day span. First, on Friday, March 15 they will welcome in Randolph-Macon College for a non-conference contest beginning at 7pm in Owings Mills Gymnasium. Then, on Saturday, March 16 the team will head to Glenside, Pennslyvania for a Middle Atlantic Conference tri-match. In their opening contest the opponent will be the host Arcadia University Knights at 1pm, before facing the Misericordia University Cougars at 3pm. The matchup between the Knights and Mustangs will be a big one in the conference standings with the Knights (18-4, 7-0 MAC) handing the Mustangs their only conference defeat in four sets in Maryland last month.