RADNOR, Pa. – No. 19 Stevenson University downed Cabrini University 3-2 in non-conference women's volleyball Saturday afternoon at Nerney Field House. Set scores were 15-25, 25-13, 26-24, 23-25, 15-11.
With the win, Stevenson (30-1) becomes the third team in Division III to reach the 30-win mark this season and extends its win streak to 18 matches, the third-longest active win streak in Division III. It also marks the sixth time in program history that the Mustangs have won 30 matches in a season.
Stevenson trailed just once in the deciding set, at 1-0, as it scored four straight points to take a 4-1 lead. The Mustangs extended the lead to 8-3 on a Cabrini (27-6) service ace, and led 11-6 when the Cavaliers notched three straight points to pull within 11-9. Senior Annika Schwartz responded with a kill to make it 12-9, and holding a 13-11 lead, back-to-back kills by junior Moriah Savage and Chelsea Ireland closed out the match.
The Mustangs hit .000 in the opening set as they fell 25-15, but turned the tables in the second set, holding Cabrini to -.077 hitting as Stevenson hit .148 in winning 12 of the final 14 points of the set to even things up.
In the third set, Stevenson led 24-22 before a service error and a Cabrini block tied things up for the 13th time in the set. Cabrini was serving to go up 25-24, but a kill by sophomore Katie Leftridge, followed by a block by Leftridge and Ireland, gave the Mustangs a 2-1 advantage.
Stevenson trailed 20-17 in the fourth when it scored four straight points, with a Savage kill forging the frame's seventh tie at 20-20, followed by a Schwartz service ace to go up 21-20. The Cavaliers countered with three straight points of their own to go up 23-21, before a service error and an Ireland kill again knotted things up. Back-to-back Cabrini kills kept the hosts alive with the 25-23 win.
Schwarts finished with 18 kills and 11 digs, while Savage tallied 13 kills and four blocks and senior Lauren Weaver added 10 kills. Leftridge notched nine kills and 14 digs, while sophomore Victoria Prokic had five kills and six blocks. Ireland added four kills and four blocks.
Stevenson hit .158 as a team, its second-lowest output of the season, but limited Cabrini to an .092 hitting effort, just the second time all season the Cavaliers had been held under .100. The Mustangs also finished with 10 blocks as a team.
Stevenson begins its quest for a sixth straight MAC Commonwealth championship Wednesday night when it hosts either fourth-seeded Messiah or No. 5 seed Alvernia in a 7:00 conference semifinal at Owings Mills Gymnasium.