Shorts Breaks NCAA Record For Aces As No. 6 Mustangs Blank Widener

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Senior Landon Shorts needed only eight serves on the night before picking up his third ace of the night, which eclipsed the NCAA All-Division record for service aces with 256 surpassing the 255 set by Evan Patak of UC Santa Barbara (2004-07).  On the night his sixth-ranked Mustangs dominated the visiting Widener University Pride in Middle Atlantic Conference action winning by a 3-0 score on Friday night inside of Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Set scores were 25-14, 25-11, and 25-14. 

  • Widener (0-9, 0-7 MAC) got out of the blocks first with a kill and an ace for Matt Lambert giving the guests a 2-1 lead.
  • Stevenson (16-3, 6-1 MAC) came back with scores by sophomores Garrett Weigel and Drew Duquette sending the home side in front 5-2.
  • The Pride continued to hang around as Matt Blaum, Alex Arnow, Kyle Minder, and Lambert to outscore the host 5-4 over the next nine points staying within two 9-7.
  • A kill for Duquette and freshman Tanner Stauffer along with a pair of Shorts aces sent the Mustangs on a 7-0 run to open up a 16-7 advantage.
  • Widener closed the margin to 18-12 without even recording an offensive point thanks to five home errors.
  • Junior Nathan Bosse and Shorts recorded kills and sophomore Aleks Melbardis aided with the help of Bosse picked up a combination block to end the frame on a 7-2 push to win 25-14.
  • Stevenson hit .348 with 13 kills and held the visitors to a -.200 on two kills.

  • With the Mustangs leading 3-1, Shorts delivered the record-breaking serve ace to make it 4-1.
  • After an error by freshman Tyler Aiellothe hosts stormed back with kills from Stauffer, Weigel, and Duquette wrapping up an 8-1 gallop to go ahead 12-3.
  • The teams shared the next six points to keep the gap at nine 15-6.
  • Four Pride miscues stretched the lead to 21-8.
  • Kills for Stauffer and Weigel along with a three-man block by Bosse, Weigel, and Stauffer capped a 4-3 span to give the home team the set 25-11.
  • The Mustangs hit .615 as a team in the frame while keeping Widener in the negatives at -.167.

  • With Stevenson leading 3-2, kills by Melbardis, Aiello, and Weigel along with two combination blocks extended the edge to 12-4 before a home error brought an end to the attack.
  • However, the momentum was not halted for long with Melbardis dropping two aces and Weigel picking up a kill to grab the largest lead of the set to that point 16-5.
  • Kills for Lambert, Arnow, and Blaum gave the Pride six of the next ten to cut the deficit under double-digits to 20-11.
  • A 4-1 run by the Mustangs coming off of kills from Stauffer and Bosse put the home side a point away from the match 24-12.
  • Widener scored the next two before a kill for Stauffer finished the evening 25-14.

  • For the match, the Mustangs hit .393 as a team, while the Pride posted a -.100.
  • Stauffer led the Mustangs with a game-high and career-high 11 kills.
  • Weigel added eight kills, four digs, and four blocks.
  • Bosse chipped in five kills and four blocks.
  • The record-breaker Shorts had five digs, three kills, three aces and a block in two sets of action.
  • Melbardis had a match-high 27 assists.
  • Widener got five kills each from Lambert and Arnow.

With three aces tonight senior Landon Shorts broke the NCAA All-Division record for service aces with 256

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, March 8 when they welcome Trine University to Owings Mills Gymnasium for a non-conference matchup beginning at 7pm.