Top-Seeded Mustangs Advance to Sixth Straight Conference Final

Top-Seeded Mustangs Advance to Sixth Straight Conference Final

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Top-seeded and No. 15 Stevenson University advanced to the championship game of the MAC Commonwealth Women's Volleyball Championship for the sixth straight season by sweeping No. 5 seed Alvernia University 3-0 Wednesday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Set scores were 25-12, 25-12, 25-20.

Stevenson (31-1) won its 19th straight match and goes for its sixth straight conference title when it hosts second-seeded Arcadia, a 3-1 winner over No. 3 Lebanon Valley, on Saturday at 2:00 pm.  The Mustangs defeated the Knights 3-1 earlier this season in Glenside, Pa.  Stevenson also won its 22nd straight match at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Alvernia (16-12) was making its first MAC Commonwealth Championship appearance.

Stevenson led 9-7 in the first set when it scored 10 straight points with sophomore Caroline Dangel serving.  Senior Annika Schwartz had three straight kills during the run and junior Moriah Savage had two kills and a block assist.  The Mustangs led by as many as 15 (23-8) and closed out the opening set win as Savage and junior Chelsea Ireland combined for a block.  Stevenson racked up 18 kills on .485 hitting in the opening frame.

Three straight service aces by Schwartz in the second set gave Stevenson an early 8-1 lead.  The Mustangs never led by less than six points the rest of the set and closed out the frame as senior Lauren Weaver and sophomore Victoria Prokic came together for the home team's sixth block of the evening.

The third set was tied 13-13 when four straight points for the Mustangs capped by a block by Ireland and sophomore Katie Leftridge gave the hosts a 17-13 lead.  Stevenson never trailed again and an Alvernia attack error ended things.

Savage finished with 10 kills and three blocks, while Schwartz tallied nine kills, seven digs and five service aces.  Prokic notched six kills and five block assists, while Weaver recorded seven kills.  Senior Deanna Bradbury finished with eight digs, with Dangel handing out 19 assists and adding seven digs.  Sophomore Julie Nightwine registered 15 assists.

Stevenson hit .376 as a squad and had just eight attack errors on the night, while holding the Golden Wolves to negative hitting in the first two sets and .011 for the match.  The Mustangs finished with seven blocks after having just one in the regular season meeting between the two teams last week.