Mustangs Gallop Past Widener, Extend Win Streak To Six

Mustangs Gallop Past Widener, Extend Win Streak To Six

CHESTER, Pa.. – The Stevenson men's volleyball team got everyone into the match as they continue to roll right along through the conference schedule posting a convincing 3-0 win over Widener University on Wednesday night at the Schwartz Center. 

Stevenson (18-8, 11-0 MAC), stayed undefeated in Middle Atlantic Conference play and won their sixth consecutive match by set scores of 25-4, 25-7, and 25-6. 

Junior Landon Shorts posted a match-high seven kills hitting .600 with eight digs and four service aces.  Classmate Jason Gardner and freshman Logan Smiley each finished with five kills combining to post seven assisted blocks, five digs, and one ace.  The pair of senior Alex Klunk and sophomore Nathan Bosse totaled eight kills, two assisted blocks, and a solo block.  Freshmen Garrett Weigel and Nate Reynolds coupled with junior Billy Russo racked up four kills, four digs, and five assisted blocks.  The setting duo of junior Jared Chin and freshman Aleks Melbardis dished out 24 assists, with Chin leading the way with 14.    

Widener (3-15, 0-10 MAC), was paced by A.J. Sungenis with five kills and four digs.  Wil Cicciatore had two kills and four digs.  Connor Johnson and Matt Blaum both added a kill and combined for five digs.  Johnson also handed out a team-high eight assists.

The home side took the first point of the match on an attack error by Shorts, but the Mustangs responded by leveling the match at 1-1 thanks to a poor set by Jim Givens.  That sent Shorts to the service line and he made it count as kills by Gardner (2), Klunk (3), and Smiley (1) combined with three service aces jumped the guests in front 11-1.  The run finally ended on a server error from Shorts, however, the momentum did not stay with the Pride long as kills from Smiley, Reynolds, and Shorts aided by eight home errors wrapped up a 14-3 push to end the set 25-4.   

Stevenson was red-hot to begin the second as with Gardner on the service line the away team got kills from Bosko (3) and Shorts (1) joined together with three combined blocks from the duo of Bosko and Smiley to take a 10-0 lead.  Widener took five of the next nine points to bring the deficit under ten at 14-5.  The Mustangs came galloping back with kills from Shorts (3) and an assisted block between Weigel and Klunk to push the advantage to 20-6.  The Pride earned their final score of the set on a kill by Cicciatore before the guests picked up the next five including a kill by junior Avery Engel with freshman Drew Duquette on the service line to snag the frame 25-7.  

The third once again saw the Mustangs came out of the starting gate strong as kills from Bosse (4), Gardner (1), and Weigel (1) in conjunction with a Shorts ace had a nine-point margin at 10-1.  Widener used kills by Cicciatore and Sungenis to go on a 3-2 run trimming the lead to eight 12-4.  Five different Stevenson players (Bosko, Shorts, Melbardis, Russo, and Reynolds) recorded kills down the stretch as they used a 13-2 run to cap off the set and the match 25-6.     

The Mustangs as a team hit season-high .550 on 35 kills, while Widener hit -.211 and totaled just nine kills.  Stevenson continued to be strong on the service line picking up seven aces to the Pride one.  The away side was dominant in the blocking department with 20 assisted blocks and two solo blocks to the home team's none.

The Mustangs will be back in action on Saturday, April, 7 when they welcome in Arcadia University for Senior Day and a Middle Atlantic Conference contest.  First serve against the Knights is set for 7pm.