No. 25 Stevenson Snaps No. 16 Johns Hopkins' 18-Match Win Streak

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 25 Stevenson University women's volleyball team snapped 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins' 18-match win streak with a 3-1 non-conference victory Thursday evening at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Set scores were 25-17, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21.

With the win, Stevenson (25-1) extended its win streak to 13 straight matches, and its home win streak to 19 matches.  The 13-match overall win streak is third nationally in Division III, trailing only Johnson & Wales (R.I.) (23) and Wittenberg (17), while 19 straight wins at home is Division III's fourth-longest active streak.

Johns Hopkins (19-3) had not lost since September 2 when it fell to top-ranked Wittenberg.

After never trailing in the first set en route to a 25-17 win, in the second set the Mustangs found themselves down 19-13 when they went on a 10-2 run to take a 23-21 lead.  Stevenson was down 21-17 when it scored six straight points as senior Annika Schwartz served.  The run included a pair of blocks by junior Moriah Savage and sophomore Victoria Prokic, as well as a Schwartz service ace.

The Mustangs were serving for set point at 24-22 when the Blue Jays reeled off three straight points to go up 25-24 on a block by Kristi Rhead and Elizabeth Wuerstle. With Hopkins serving to tie the match 1-1, back-to-back kills by sophomore Katie Leftridge put the hosts on top 26-25.  The Blue Jays held tough, tying the set at 26 on a Louisa Kishton kill.  A Hopkins service error, followed by a Chelsea Ireland kill, gave Stevenson a 2-0 lead.

Stevenson again fell behind in the third set, trailing 19-14 before back-to-back Leftridge kills and a Hopkins ball handling error pulled the Mustangs within two.  The Blue Jays held the Mustangs back and were serving for set point at 24-19 when Stevenson reeled off six straight points to go up 25-24.  Savage and Schwartz each had kills in the run as the hosts were now serving for match point.

Morgan Wu came up with a kill for the guests to tie the set 25-25, then a service ace and another Wu kill kept the Blue Jays alive with a 27-25 victory.

In the fourth set Stevenson was down 11-9 before using an 8-2 run to go up 17-13 on a Johns Hopkins attack error.  The Mustangs led 22-19 when back-to-back kills by Schwartz and Savage again gave them the opportunity to serve for the match.  Following a timeout, the Blue Jays recorded two points to pull within 24-21, but a service error ended things.

Leftridge finished with 12 kills on .296 hitting and added six digs, while Schwartz posted a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs.  Senior Lauren Weaver added eight kills and four blocks, while Prokic tallied seven kills on 17 attempts without an error for a .412 hitting percentage, as well as seven blocks.  Savage notched six kills and six blocks.

Senior Deanna Bradbury totaled 17 digs defensively, while sophomore Caroline Dangel handed out 19 assists and posted nine digs.  Classmate Julie Nightwine recorded 20 assists and six digs.

Johns Hopkins was led by Simone Bliss' 17 kills, but she was held to .038 hitting on the evening.

Stevenson hit .233 as a unit, while the Blue Jays, who entered the contest seventh nationally in hitting percentage at .261, were held to just a .134 effort, including no better than .128 over the final three frames.  Johns Hopkins recorded eight aces, but also had 14 service errors.  The Mustangs had 12 blocks as a team.

Stevenson is back in action Saturday, traveling to Rowan to face Stockton at 4:00 before taking on the host Profs at 6:00.