Mustangs Clinch Share of Regular Season Title, No. 1 Seed on Senior Night

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson University women's volleyball team shook off a first-set setback to top Alvernia University 3-1 in MAC Commonwealth action Wednesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium. The Mustangs wrapped up the top seed in next week's MAC Commonwealth Championship and at least a share of the conference's regular-season title.  Set scored were 24-26, 25-4, 25-14, 25-8.

  • Stevenson (25-2, 7-0 MAC Commonwealth), trailing 14-12, used a Shannon Baily kill and three straight Golden Wolves attack errors to take a 16-14 lead.
  • With the set tied 20-20 an Alvernia (3-13, 1-6 MAC Commonwealth) attack error followed by a Katie Leftridge kill put the hosts up 22-20.
  • Alvernia used four straight points to take a 24-22 lead and be serving for set point.
  • Kills by Leftridge and Baily staved off set point and tied the set 24-24.
  • Back-to-back kills by Taylor Suto and Olivia Frutiger closed out the set for the Golden Wolves, giving them a 1-0 lead.

  • Leading 5-2, the Mustangs scored 14 straight points to take a 19-2 lead with Julie Nightwine serving.
  • Nightwine had three service aces during the run.
  • A kill by Simone Gest, followed by a block by Baily and Victoria Prokic closed out the set with the Mustangs winning 25-4.
  • Stevenson hit .444 during the set, while Alvernia hit -.500.

  • Alvernia jumped out to an early 5-1 lead.
  • Stevenson rattled off eight straight points to take an 11-6 lead following a Golden Wolves attack error.
  • The Mustangs extended the lead to 18-7 after a 7-0 run capped by a kill by Prokic.
  • Leading 23-14, a Leftridge kill, followed by a Baily kill at the end of a long rally, closed out the set and put the Mustangs up 2-1.

  • Stevenson scored 10 of the set's first 12 points and led 10-2 following a Leftridge service ace.
  • The Mustangs extended the lead to 13-3 on another service ace, this one by Emily Pellini.
  • Leading 22-8, Stevenson closed out the match with kills by Piper Connors and Rysleigh Reeves and an Alvernia attack error.

  • Stevenson clinched the No. 1 seed in next week's MAC Commonwealth Championship, the eighth straight season it will be the tournament's top seed.
  • The Mustangs also claimed at least a share of the MAC Commonwealth regular-season championship as it improved to 65-0 in conference regular-season play all-time.
  • Leftridge led the Mustangs with 17 kills on .387 hitting and also had 12 digs.
  • Prokic and Baily each had eight kills, with Prokic hitting .533 and Baily .400.
  • Gest hit .583 and tallied 11 kills.
  • The hosts totaled 12 service aces, with Pellini and Julie Nightwine recording three apiece.
  • Nightwine had 23 assists and nine digs, while Caroline Dangel handed out 16 assists.
  • Kayla Vaeth added eight digs.
  • Baily added four blocks, with Prokic and Hailey Hoover posting three apiece.
  • Stevenson hit .356 for the match, while the Golden Wolves hit just .008.
  • Before the match, seniors Leftridge, Prokic, Nightwine, Dangel and Darian Hileman were honored.

  • Stevenson travels to Hood to close out MAC Commonwealth play on Thursday, October 31 at 7 pm
  • The Mustangs conclude the regular season on Friday, November 1 when it hosts Scranton in a 7 pm match at Owings Mills Gymnasium.