No. 6 Mustangs Sweep Tri-Match Against Widener And York (N.Y.)

No. 6 Mustangs Sweep Tri-Match Against Widener And York (N.Y.)

CHESTER, Pa. - The sixth-ranked Stevenson University men's volleyball team dominated their tri-match hosted by Widener University on Saturday afternoon by not allowing their opponent to post over 16-points in any set as they shutout conference foe Widener 3-0 and then blanked York College (N.Y.) in non-conference action by a 3-0 margin.  

  • Set scores were 25-13, 25-16, and 25-16.
  • Stevenson (26-3, 11-1 MAC) jumped out to a dominating 8-3 lead against the hosts in the first set on kills by junior Nathan Bossesophomores Garrett Weigel and Nate Reynoldsand freshman Tanner Stauffer.
  • Widener (2-14, 0-11 MAC) stayed close using a pair of kills by Matt Lambert to close the gap to 10-7.
  • The Mustangs went on a 15-6 push the rest of the set getting scores from Weigel, Bosse, sophomore Logan Smiley, Reynolds, and freshman Tyler Aiello to take it 25-13.
  • The visitors again started strong with kills for sophomore Aleks Melbardis, Weigel, Bosse, and Aiello to jump out 11-3.
  • An attack error for Weigel gave the home side life as they scored four of the next six to cut it to 13-6.
  • Two kills by Stauffer wrapped up a 4-1 stretch extending the lead out to 17-8.
  • The teams split the next 16 points, but it was not enough for Widener with a kill for Stauffer ending the second 25-16.
  • To open the third a kill for senior Billy Russo sent the guests on an 8-2 gallop culminating on another kill for Russo. 
  • The Pride kept that six-point margin to 14-8, but then a kill for Bosse started span of six of nine going to the Mustangs to open it out to 20-11.
  • Stevenson would never let the hosts think about getting closer as yet another Russo kill ended the match 25-16.
  • The Mustangs hit .359 as a team to the Pride -.113.
  • Weigel and Aiello led the visitors with six kills each.
  • Stauffer, Russo, and Bosse combined for a dozen kills.
  • Melbardis had 24 assists.
  • Wil Cacciatore had five kills to pace Widener.

  • Set scores were 25-14, 25-11, and 25-16.
  • Stevenson (27-3) used kills from Bosse, Aiello, Weigel, Melbardis, and Stauffer to grab an early 9-4 lead.
  • York (3-21) with scores put down by Kevin Campbell hung tough at 12-9.
  • The Mustangs opened it up though with an 8-0 run getting kills for Weigel, Aiello, and Bosko to make it 20-9.
  • A service error for Gustavo Villanueva ended the first 25-14.
  • Five different Stevenson players recorded kills during a 12-3 stretch to begin the second.
  • Reynolds, Melbardis and Stauffer scored five of the ensuing seven for a 17-5 lead.
  • Kills for Weigel, Stauffer, and Russo helped the Mustangs outscore the Cardinals 8-6 the rest of the way for a 25-11 win.
  • Stevenson took advantage of seven Cardinals mishits and three Weigel aces for a 12-5 lead in the third.
  • York cut it to 12-8 on a block by Campbell.
  • Kills for Weigel, Bosse, Russo, Melbardis, and Stauffer helped to close the set and the match 25-16.
  • The Mustangs hit .322 as a team while York was at -.179.
  • Stevenson was dominating at the net with 11 blocks to one for the Cardinals.
  • They also led at the service line with an 11-1 edge in aces.
  • Weigel led all players with 10 kills and six aces.
  • Stauffer, Bosse, Bosko, and Aiello each posted four kills.
  • Melbardis dished out 27 helpers.
  • Campbell paced the Cardinals with nine kills.

  • Stevenson has now won 15-straight matches which is the longest current streak in the country.
  • The Mustangs never trailed throughout the whole day.
  • Stevenson held both teams to a negative hitting percentage in each set and for the game.
  • Melbardis totaled 51 assists on the afternoon.
  • Weigel had a strong day with a combined 16 kills and eight aces.
  • Freshmen were the theme of the day with four of them playing and joining up to record 19 kills between the two matches.

  • The Mustangs return to action on Wednesday, April 3 when they host the Alvernia University Golden Wolves in a MAC contest beginning at 7pm at Owings Mills Gymnasium.