GLENSIDE, Pa.. – Just 24 hours after their tri-match against Arcadia University and Wilson College was postponed due to inclement weather. The Stevenson University men's volleyball made the trip up Interstate 95 to the Philadelphia suburbs and took on Middle Atlantic Conference opponent Arcadia on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gym, and came away with a 3-0 shutout victory to remain at the top of the MAC standings.
Stevenson (11-6, 6-0 MAC), stayed unbeaten in the MAC taking the contest by set scores of 25-21, 25-16, and 25-17. With the victory, the Mustangs have now nine of their last eleven matches with the only setbacks coming to nationally-ranked Springfield College and Eastern Mennonite University.
Junior Landon Shorts led the way with a game-high 12 kills on 17 attack attempts for an impressive .706 hitting percentage. Classmate Jason Gardner posted eight kills hitting .400, and three digs. Freshman Nate Reynolds finished with five kills and five assisted blocks. Senior Alex Klunk and freshman Logan Smiley each finished with three kills and four digs. The combination of junior Jared Chin and freshman Aleks Melbardis each handed out 14 assists. Sophomore Derek Tangorra grabbed a game-high ten digs.
Arcadia (10-9, 4-2 MAC), was paced by nine kills from Austin Braas. Jason Manley added six kills, five digs, and two aces. Edwin Waters Jr., Robie Moctezuma, and Quinn Baily all totaled three kills apiece. Anthony Devantier finished with a game-high 22 assists.
The match started out evenly as the two sides split the opening ten points at 5-5. A service ace from Smiley as well as a kill from Shorts assisted in a 3-1 push to take an 8-6 edge. Arcadia responded taking four of the next six squaring the score again at 10-10. Kills from Manley and Braas in addition to an ace from Quinn sent the Knights in front 13-11. Stevenson picked up the following four points on four consecutive home team errors going ahead 15-13, and then with kills from Reynolds and Shorts advanced the score to 17-14. A service ace by Evan Misal closed the gap down to one at 19-18, but that would be as close as they could get with kills from Smiley and Melbardis assisting in a 6-3 run for the Mustangs to take the set 25-21.
To begin the second it was Arcadia jumping out to the early lead with a kill from Braas and a Manley error getting the home team up 3-0. The visitors stormed back picking up four of the following five to edge back ahead by a slim 5-4 margin. Braas would add another kill to knot things back up, but the Mustangs continued the pressure embarking on a 5-1 spurt ending on a Gardner kill to take a 10-6 lead. After an attack error by Quinn Stevenson had their largest advantage of the frame to that point at 18-10. The Knights tried to hang around using a Manley kill and an ace as well as a kill from Braas to cut the deficit to 18-13. Kills from Gardner, Reynolds, and Shorts (2) opened things back out to eight 23-15. Manley added another kill to his total pulling it down to 23-16, but then kills from Klunk and Shorts capped things off 25-16.
Stevenson got out to the fast start in the third taking an early 5-1 lead helped out by kills from four different players. Arcadia got back to within two with a kill from Braas getting it to 5-3, and then a set error from Chin trimming the margin to 10-8. The Mustangs extended the lead out to 13-8 after two Knight errors and an ace by Shorts. An error from Smiley halted the momentum for a brief moment before Stevenson won six of the next eight extending the advantage to 19-11. Both sides traded points from then on with Arcadia never getting the deficit under seven, as a kill from sophomore Nathan Bosse put an end to the match at 25-17.
The Mustangs as a team hit .422 on 34 kills, while Arcadia hit .117 and totaled 26 kills. Stevenson enjoyed sharing the ball as they posted 32 assists to the Knights 25.
The Mustangs will be back in action on Wednesday, March 7 when they return home to battle fourth-ranked Marymount University in non-conference action. First serve against the Saints slated for 7pm.