Thatcher Sets Career Digs Record, Mustangs Split With Baruch, Lancaster Bible
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's volleyball junior Adam Thatcher (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) became the school's career digs leader with 14 versus No. 8 Baruch, but the ninth-ranked Mustangs' fourth-set rally fell short in a 24-26, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25 loss to the Bearcats Wednesday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Earlier in the day, Stevenson (18-10) posted a 25-20, 27-25, 20-25, 25-15 victory over Lancaster Bible, extending the team's winning streak to 13-straight against the Chargers. It also moved the Mustangs within two games of their fourth 20-win season out of the last five.
Thatcher now has 813 career digs, surpassing current assistant coach Steve Grossnickle '09 who previously held the record with 799.
Against the Bearcats (24-4), senior Austin Jacoby (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) had a team-high 15 kills, giving him 925 for his career as he moves closer to becoming just the second player in school history to reach 1,000. J.R. Jackson '09 holds the career kills record with 1,511.
Junior Jon Martin (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) totaled 12 kills, 16 digs and three block assists while sophomore David Moler (York, Pa./Central York) had 49 assists, 10 digs and three blocks assists. Sophomore Kyle Wisner (York, Pa./Central York) added 11 kills and seven total blocks while freshman Patrick Schuyler (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) had nine kills and eight digs.
Stevenson, who is now 5-7 against teams ranked in the top-10 this season, had 17 total blocks as a team, but was hampered by 12 service errors and a .182 hitting percentage in its three set losses.
Jack McKee and Martin Joksimovik each had 16 kills for Baruch while Taylor Higgs totaled 20 digs and Scott Standring had 50 assists and 12 digs. Joksimovik had four total blocks.
Against Lancaster Bible (12-10), Jacoby had 13 kills and a .423 hitting percentage while Martin had seven kills and 10 digs. Freshman Kyle Pottieger (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) also had seven kills while adding six total blocks, including five block assists.
Joey Brennen had 14 kills and seven digs for the Chargers while Miles Herron had 12 kills, 13 assists and 12 digs.
Stevenson returns to action next Wednesday, April 3 when it travels to Harrisonburg, Virginia for a Continental Volleyball Conference contest at Eastern Mennonite. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.