OWINGS MILLS, Md. – No. 19 Stevenson University completed its sixth straight undefeated MAC Commonwealth regular season with a 3-0 win over Alvernia University in women's volleyball Tuesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium. Game scores were 25-15, 25-19, 25-18.
The Mustangs (28-1, 8-0 MAC Commonwealth) extended their regular season conference win streak to 48 matches as they are 48-0 since joining the league for the 2012 season. Stevenson also won its 16th straight match overall and its 20th straight home contest.
In the first set the Mustangs pulled away early from Alvernia (14-11, 3-4 MAC Commonwealth), opening up a 14-6 lead following a kill by senior Annika Schwartz and an Alvernia attack error. Stevenson, which hit .485 in the set, closed out the frame on a kill by sophomore Katie Leftridge.
Stevenson opened a 17-10 lead in the second set before the Golden Wolves used a 7-2 run to pull within two, 19-17, following an Emily Smith kill. The Mustangs led 21-18 before scoring four of the final five points, taking a 2-0 lead on sophomore Victoria Prokic's kill.
Four straight points capped by a Julie Nightwine service ace and an Alvernia attack error extended Stevenson's lead to six, 13-7, after it had held a 9-7 lead. The Mustangs maintained at least a four-point cushion the rest of the way and an attack error by the guests closed things out.
Schwartz totaled 12 kills on .545 hitting, in the process recording her 1,500th career kill. She also had six digs and three service aces. Leftridge and Prokic each had eight kills, with Prokic hitting .889 with no errors on nine attempts. Senior Lauren Weaver chipped in with six kills. Senior Deanna Bradbury notched eight digs, while sophomore Caroline Dangel handed out 20 assists and Nightwine 18.
Stevenson hit .358 as a team, its best effort since hitting .475 at Hood on September 30, and had nine service aces.
Before the match, the Mustangs honored seniors Bradbury, Schwartz, Weaver and Megan Hren.
Stevenson closes out its regular season home schedule Thursday night when it hosts Franklin & Marshall in a 7:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.