OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Stevenson University women's volleyball team opened a Saturday afternoon tri-match by giving head coach Dave Trumbo his 300th career victory with a 3-1 win over Washington and Lee University, then closed it by posting a 3-0 sweep of No. 12 Juniata College at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Stevenson (22-1) extended its win streak to 10 matches and its home win streak to 17 dating back to last season, currently tied for the sixth-longest home win streak in Division III. The win over Juniata was also the first for the Mustangs over a ranked team since defeating No. 13 Eastern last season on October 1.
For Trumbo, he now sports a career 301-81 (.788) career record and he has guided the Mustangs to at least 20 victories in 10 of his 11 seasons, as well as six straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. He ranks in the top-10 among active coaches in career win percentage.
Against the Generals (14-4), Stevenson prevailed by scores of 25-14, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16. Against Juniata (15-5), the Mustangs were 25-20, 25-18, 25-13 victors.
In the first set against Juniata, Stevenson broke a 10-10 tie with four straight points,with a service ace by sophomore Caroline Dangel followed by an Eagle attack error giving the hosts a four-point cushion. The Mustangs extended the lead to seven, 20-13, following a kill by sophomore Katie Leftridge. Following a timeout, Juniata pulled within three, 20-16, but got no closer, and a kill by senior Annika Schwartz closed out the first frame.
Stevenson jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second set following a kill by sophomore Victoria Prokic. From there, the Mustangs were able to hold Juniata at bay, maintaining at least a five-point lead and growing the lead to as much as 10 on three occasions, the last at 20-10. A Prokic kill closed out the second frame after the Eagles pulled to within five late, 23-18.
The hosts again got off to a quick start in the third, scoring the first five points and going up 9-1 following a Juniata attack error. The Eagles pulled within six, 14-8, after a Mustang attack error, but Stevenson left no doubt as it scored seven of the next eight points to build a 21-9 lead. Leftridge closed out the match with a kill.
Leftridge tallied 13 kills and just one error on 24 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage while also notching eight digs. Schwartz had 13 kills and hit at a .393 clip while posting 12 digs, while Prokic and junior Moriah Savage each notched five kills, with Prokic posting four blocks and Savage three. Sophomores Caroline Dangel and Julie NIghtwine each notched 16 assists and six digs, with Dangel also registering five service aces, while senior Deanna Bradbury recorded 15 digs.
The Mustangs hit .291, including .382 in the opening set, while Juniata hit just .110 on the afternoon, its third-lowest output on the season. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak for the Eagles.
In the opener against the Generals, Leftridge and Schwartz again led the way by recording 18 kills apiece. Leftridge had just one error on 30 attempts for a .567 hitting percentage, while Schwartz finished hitting .417. Leftridge had 13 digs, while Schwartz recorded 16 and also had a pair of blocks.
Savage, senior Lauren Weaver and junior Chelsea Ireland each had seven kills in the opener, with Weaver adding foru blocks. Prokic had three blocks, while Bradbury notched 19 assists. Dangel handed out 27 assists, while Nightwine added 20.
An early 12-3 lead in the first set for the Mustangs would be too much to overcome for Washington and Lee, but the Generals turned the tables by jumping out to a 9-2 advantage in the second set. Stevenson tried to claw back, and got within a point, 20-19, following a block by Prokic and Weaver, but W&L responded with the next four points to tie the match.
The third set saw six ties and four lead changes. Stevenson trailed 19-17 when a General attack error followed by kills from Ireland and Schwartz put the Mustangs up 20-19. Stevenson clung to a 23-22 lead, but back-to-back Washington and Lee attack errors put the hosts up 2-1.
Stevenson never trailed in the final frame and gradually pulled away, opening up a 14-10 lead following a Dangel service ace. The Mustangs led 21-16 before running off the final four points of the match, when an ace by senior Megan Hren closing things out.
The Mustangs hit .314 as a team, including .387 in the third and .432 in the final frame, while holding W&L to .175 hitting.
Stevenson returns to MAC Commonwealth play on Tuesday night when it travels to Albright for a 7:00 contest.