Seniors Lead Attack On Senior Night Win Over Eastern

Seniors Lead Attack On Senior Night Win Over Eastern

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The third-ranked Stevenson men's volleyball day celebrated senior day with a bang as they brought down first-year conference foe Eastern University by a score of 3-0 on Saturday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Seniors Landon Shorts, Jason Gardner, Billy Russoand graduate student Christian Taylor were honored pre-match and were all in the starting lineup combining for 30 of Stevenson's 41 kills on the night.  Set scores were 25-9, 25-15, and 25-13. 

  • Stevenson (29-3, 13-1 MAC) stormed out to a 10-3 lead with Shorts, Gardner, Russo, Taylor, and sophomore Nate Reynolds all recording kills.
  • Eastern (7-11, 3-11 MAC) scored two of the next four on a kill for Nicholas Hulbert and a solo block by Anthony Smith to hold the margin at seven 12-5.
  • The Mustangs came back with a 9-1 run thanks to Shorts with two kills and a solo by junior Kyle Bosko which made it 21-6.
  • A kill from Russo ended the set 25-9.
  • Stevenson hit .360 in the frame to Eastern -.115.

  • Again the home side started strong as Reynolds, Russo, Gardner, Shorts, and junior Nathan Bosse put down kills making it 7-2.
  • The two teams shared the next ten points keeping the distance the same 12-7.
  • Eastern took five of the ensuing nine with scores by Smith, Hulbert, and Kiriam Yordan trimming the deficit to 17-13.
  • Stevenson closed the second on an 8-2 spurt with points earned by Shorts, Reynolds, and Bosse to take a 2-0 edge with a 25-15 win.
  • The Mustangs attacked at a .609 clip while the Eagles were at .053.

  • Kills for Russo, Shorts, and Gardner staked the hosts to an 8-2 lead.
  • The deficit stayed at six to 13-7 before a kill by Shorts led to four of the next five belonging to Stevenson for a 17-8 edge.
  • A Hulbert kill pulled the Eagles to 17-9, but three consecutive visiting miscues opened the gap back to double-figures 20-9.
  • A kill by Darren Lopez and ace for Hulbert capped a 4-1 Eagles push to make it 21-13.
  • The Mustangs took the final four with a kill by Shorts, ace for Bosko, and a block from Taylor ended the match 25-13.

  • The win for Stevenson was their 17th in a row.
  • As a team, the Mustangs hit .452 while holding the Eagles to a -.054.
  • The home side also held an 8-2 edge in aces.
  • Shorts led all players with 12 kills, along with five digs and three aces.
  • Gardner added eight kills, with Russo chipping in seven.
  • Taylor dished out 30 assists.
  • The Eagles were led by six kills for Smith and four from Hulbert.

  • Stevenson will begin their MAC title defense as the number two seed on Wednesday, April 10 when they host the third seed Messiah College Falcons at 7pm in Owings Mills Gymnasium.
  • The other semi-final will be between top-seeded Arcadia University and fourth seed Misericordia University also on Wednesday night at 7pm.