Balanced Attack Pushes Mustangs Past Hunter in NCAA Opener

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Moriah Savage led a balanced Stevenson University attack with 11 kills as the Mustangs dispatched Hunter College 3-0 in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship Friday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The Mustangs (33-1) advance to Saturday's Owings Mills Regional semifinal where they will face Johns Hopkins at 6:00 pm.

Set scores were 25-16, 25-16, 25-19.

Hunter (27-5) was making its fourth straight NCAA appearance.

Stevenson's win extends its overall win streak to 21 matches, while it has won 24 straight matches at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Savage hit .476 on the night as she had just one error on 21 attempts.  She also added a pair of blocks.  Sophomore Katie Leftridge notched 10 kills on .400 hitting and registered eight digs, while senior Lauren Weaver recorded nine kills and a pair of blocks.  Senior Annika Schwartz posted eight kills, 11 digs and a pair of service aces.

Sophomore Victoria Prokic had four blocks (one solo) and four kills, while senior Deanna Bradbury recorded 19 digs.  Sophomore Caroline Dangel finished with 19 assists, while classmate Julie Nightwine added 13.

Taylor Haiduk had eight kills to lead the Hawks, while Marlena Budna added seven.

Stevenson never trailed on the night as it jumped out to big early leads in all three sets.  The Mustangs led 12-3 in the opening frame, 12-4 in the middle set and 13-3 in the final set.

As a team, Stevenson hit .363, posting at least a .344 hitting percentage in all three sets, while limiting Hunter to .139 on the evening.  The Mustangs finished with seven blocks, while the Hawks mustered just two.

Stevenson defeated Johns Hopkins 3-1 on October 19 at Owings Mills Gymnasium.