Back-to-Back Conference Champions, No. 22 Mustangs Sweep Messiah
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by 15 kills and seven digs from championship Most Valuable Player, sophomore Imani Hudson, the 22nd-ranked Stevenson women's volleyball team won their second-straight Commonwealth Conference championship Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium with a 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Messiah.
With the win, the Mustangs (35-2) improved their home winning streak to 34 while earning a bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship for the third consecutive year. The team is also just win shy of tying the school record of 36 set a year ago.
Hudson totaled 28 kills and 15 digs in two tournament games while posting a .400 hitting percentage. She now 349 kills this season, moving her into a tie for fourth place in school history for a single-season. Avery Gabbard '13 holds the school record with 374 in 2012.
Meanwhile, senior Christine Isenberg totaled 11 kills, including the 1,000th of her career in the second set. She is one of just three players in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills and the only one to do it in just three seasons. She now has 1,004 in 309 sets.
Junior Samantha Perillo finished with 27 digs, five shy of her season-high set in five sets versus Carnegie Mellon. She now has 625 this season, surpassing her previous school record of 600 set last season.
Stevenson led from start to finish in the first set before totaling 17 kills and a .235 hitting percentage in the second which featured nine ties and four lead changes. With the scored tied at 17-17, Isenberg totaled the 1,000th kill of her career to give the Mustangs the lead and spark an 8-1 run that gave them a 2-0 advantage.
Stevenson jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the third set before the Falcons (20-12) rallied to within two at 22-20. However, the Mustangs closed out the set and the match with kills from Isenberg and Hudson as they won a rematch of last year's title game.
Junior Megan Miller finished with seven kills, three digs and one block solo while freshman Kristen Brooks added four kills. Senior Jessica Gieselman added three kills, 37 assists and 10 digs while senior Jenna Campbell had 16 digs.
Jane Underman led Messiah with eight kills while Natasha Gibble and Allison Hill had 13 digs each.
The selection show for the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship will be this Monday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m., live on NCAA.com.