Mustangs Prevail in Early Season Clash With Messiah

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Freshman Shannon Baily and senior Katie Leftridge each recorded 15 kills as the Stevenson women's volleyball team remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Messiah College in MAC Commonwealth women's volleyball Tuesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

  • Messiah (8-3, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) scored the first three points of the set and led 8-3 following a Mustang attack error.
  • Stevenson (10-0, 2-0 MAC Commonwealth) scored eight of the next 10 points to take an 11-10 lead on a solo block by Victoria Prokic.
  • The Falcons scored the next two points to reclaim the lead.
  • The hosts used a 7-0 run capped by a Sarah Straub kill to take a six-point lead, 19-13.  Messiah called a timeout at 16-13 but the Mustangs scored three more points after that.
  • Messiah earned the next two points to get within four, but back-to-back Falcon errors made it 21-15 in favor of Stevenson.
  • Stevenson maintained at least a five-point cushion in the remainder of the frame and a Simone Gest kill closed things out.

  • Stevenson scored five straight points to build a 10-4 lead following a Falcon attack error.
  • A kill by Gest put the Mustangs up 23-10.
  • Messiah used an 8-1 run to climb back within six, 24-18.
  • Prokic closed out the set with a kill to put the Mustangs up 2-0.
  • The Mustang defense limited Messiah to -.086 hitting while Stevenson hit .355 as a club in the set.

  • Messiah opened up a 15-11 lead following back-to-back kill by Kate Preudhomme and Mary Underman.
  • Trailing 21-15, Stevenson registered four straight points and a kill by Mackenzie Blevins pulled the hosts within a pair, 21-19.
  • After another Underman kill, the Falcons were serving for set point, but back-to-back kills by Leftridge and Straub pulled Stevenson within 24-23, forcing the Falcons to call timeout.
  • A Natalie Mansch kill kept Messiah alive with the 25-23 win.

  • With the set tied 5-5, Stevenson used an 8-1 run capped by back-to-back Messiah attack errors to open up a 13-6 lead.
  • After the Falcons posted a pair of points to make it 13-8, the Mustangs reeled off five straight, with a Darian Hileman service ace pushing the lead to 10, 18-8.
  • Down 20-12, the Falcons made a late push to get within four, 21-17, but the Mustangs had the final three points and a Baily kill ended things.

  • Stevenson hit .299 for the match, while the Falcons hit at a .123 clip.  
  • Baily hit .464 on the night with two errors on 28 swings, while Leftridge hit .357.  Leftridge also had 14 digs.
  • Gest had 12 kills and five digs.
  • Blevins chipped in with 10 kills and five digs.
  • Prokic added seven kills and five blocks.  She now has 349 blocks for her career, seven shy of the program record of 356.
  • Hileman posted 12 digs and a pair of service aces.
  • Julie Nightwine handed out 28 assists while Caroline Dangel handed out 23.
  • Stevenson is 58-0 in MAC Commonwealth regular season play and 72-0 against league foes including the conference tournament.
  • Stevenson is 10-0 for the fourth time in program history (2008, 2013, 2017).

Baily picks up a point in the second set using her shoulder.

  • Stevenson is back home on Saturday, hosting St. Mary's (Md.) at 11 am and Union (N.Y.) at 3 pm in a trimatch at Owings Mills Gymnasium.