No. 4 Mustangs Blank Alvernia in MAC Opener

No. 4 Mustangs Blank Alvernia in MAC Opener

READING, Pa. - The fourth-ranked Stevenson men's volleyball team continued their unbeaten run in Middle Atlantic Conference play as they blanked a very game Alvernia University in the conference opener for both teams on Wednesday night on Jack McCloskey Court.  Set scores were 25-15, 25-16, and 25-21.

  • Alvernia (2-7, 0-1 MAC) took the early 4-2 edge on two away miscues and a pair of kills from Spencer Matthews.
  • Stevenson (11-2, 1-0 MAC) sophomore Logan Smiley put down a kill to make it 4-3.
  • Then the Mustangs offense got hot as two more kills for Smiley along with a kill and block from classmate Nate Reynolds opened up a 9-4 advantage.
  • With the visitors ahead 12-7 after a kill by junior Kyle Bosko the Golden Wolves picked up a kill from Josh Stewart and a Mike Monczewski ace trimmed the margin back to 12-9.
  • An attack error off the arm of Aaron Kuhlman led to a kill and ace for senior Landon Shorts assisted by a kill for fellow senior Jason Gardner finished a 4-0 push to extend the lead to 16-9.
  • Over the next ten points, Stevenson outscored the host 6-4 picking up kills by Reynolds, Smiley, and graduate student Christian Taylor to extend the margin to nine 22-13.
  • The Mustangs never let Alvernia get back in it as a service error by Monczewski closed the frame 25-15. 
  • Stevenson posted a .407 attack percentage to the home team's .033.

  • The teams split the opening eight points of set two before kills by Gardner and Shorts coupled with a Matthews mishit gave the guests a 7-4 lead.
  • Alvernia answered back on a Logan McGinley kill and assisted block between Victor de Avila and Matthews leveled the score 7-7.
  • After Gardner and Bosko each posted a kill to put Stevenson in front 11-8, McGinley, Stewart, and de Avila all scored for the Golden Wolves to knot it back up at 11-11.
  • With the score still tied 12-12, kills for Shorts, Smiley, and a bad set by Kuhlman gave the Mustangs the largest lead of the set to that point 17-13.
  • Alvernia cut the deficit to 18-15 on a kill out of the hand of McGinley.
  • From there it was all Stevenson as a kill from Reynolds sent Smiley to the service line for five straight points getting a kill by Shorts and posting three aces to make it 24-15.
  • Two points later another kill for Shorts capped the second 25-16. 
  • Despite the second set being tightly contested, for the most part, the Mustangs outhit the hosts .500 to .160

  • Stevenson got out to a quick 3-1 lead thanks to a pair of Alvernia mishits and a Smiley kill.
  • With the visitors holding the slimmest of advantages 3-2, four home team errors and a kill each for Shorts and Reynolds bumped the edge out to 9-4.
  • The Mustangs kept the Golden Wolves at distance over the next ten points as each team picked up five with Stevenson getting scores from Gardner and Shorts to maintain a five-point cushion 14-9.
  • Alvernia continued to apply pressure as kills for Stewart, McGinley, and an ace for Matthews pulled them to within one 15-14 leading to a Stevenson timeout.
  • Stevenson came out of the break and picked up kills from Smiley and Reynolds to snag an 18-15 lead, but back-to-back aces off the hand of de Avila wrapped up three straight for the home side to draw level 18-18.
  • With the score 19-19, kills for Bosko, Smiley, Gardner, and an assisted block between Gardner and Bosko helped the Mustangs outscore Alvernia down the stretch 6-2 as a kill for Gardner ended the set and match 25-21.

  • Including conference tournament play Stevenson is 15-0 in MAC play since joining the conference last season.
  • Stevenson posted a .349 attack percentage to Alvernia .082.
  • The visitors shared the ball more handing out 36 to the hosts 24.
  • The Mustangs held a slim edge in service aces 6-5.
  • Smiley and Gardner each totaled nine kills for Stevenson.  Smiley also finished with three aces.
  • Shorts added eight kills, six digs, and three aces.
  • Taylor dished out a match-high 33 assists.
  • McGinley posted nine kills for Alvernia.
  • Monczewski handed out 23 helpers.

  • After 13 straight games away from the State of Maryland, Stevenson finally gets to come home on Saturday, February 16 when they continue MAC play by hosting Wilkes University and Arcadia University in a tri-match at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The Mustangs will start the day with the Colonels at 12pm, before facing the Knights at 4pm.