SEVENTH HEAVEN: Mustangs Claim MAC Commonwealth Crown With 3-1 Win

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Top-seeded Stevenson shook off a slow start to down second-seeded Arcadia 3-1 for its seventh straight MAC Commonwealth Women's Volleyball Championship Saturday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Set scores were 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 30-28.

  • Arcadia (22-12) jumped out to a 9-4 lead early.
  • Stevenson (22-11) kept pace and was within 18-15 on a Knight attack error before the guests rattled off six straight points to build a 24-15 lead.
  • A Lauren Enfield kill put Arcadia on top 1-0.

  • The Knights went up 5-1 before four straight points capped by a Katie Leftridge kill tied things 5-5.
  • Stevenson took its first lead of the night, 10-9, on a Victoria Prokic kill.
  • The Mustangs gradually pulled away and went up 19-14 on a Leftridge kill before back-to-back Arcadia points sliced the lead to three.
  • Leading 21-18, Stevenson had the final four points of the frame and a Caroline Dangel service ace closed out the set.

  • The Mustangs used a 5-0 spurt to go up 10-6 following a kill by Moriah Savage.
  • Up 10-8, Stevenson outscored the Knights 10-2 and three straight kills by Mackenzie Blevins, Prokic and Leftridge made it 20-10.
  • Arcadia chipped away and used a 10-3 run of its own to pull within three, 23-20, after a Mustang attack error.
  • Kills by Leftridge and Savage closed out the frame.

  • The two teams were tied 11 times in the first 22 points before three straight points by Arcadia put it up 14-11 after an Allison Elechko service ace.
  • Stevenson pulled within one, 16-15, on a Blevins kill, but an attack error gave Arcadia a 17-15 lead.
  • A 6-1 run capped by a Chelsea Ireland kill put the Mustangs on top 21-18.
  • The Knights pulled within one twice before a Savage kill put Stevenson up 24-22 and serving for the match.
  • Arcadia stayed alive by scoring the next two points and went up 26-25 on a service ace by Julia Paliwodzinski.
  • The guests were serving to force a fifth set three times, but a block by Prokic and Darian Hileman tied the set 27-27.  An Arcadia service ace made it 27-27, and after the Knights went up 28-27 on a block of their own, a Leftridge kill forged another tie at 28-28.
  • A Dangel kill put Stevenson up 29-28 and serving for the match, and with Julie Nightwine serving, a block by Dangel and Ireland closed out the match.

  • Stevenson wins its seventh straight MAC Commonwealth championship and is now 70-0 in regular season and tournament conference action since joining the league in 2012.
  • The Mustangs and Arcadia met in the MAC Commonwealth final for the second straight season.
  • Stevenson earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship and will be making its eighth straight appearance.
  • The Mustangs extended their season-best win streak to 11 matches.
  • Ireland was named Championship Most Valuable Player, as she had eight kills and five blocks Saturday.
  • Leftridge finished with 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocks, while Prokic tallied 11 kills and five blocks.
  • Savage and Blevins added nine kills apiece.
  • Emily Pellini had a team-high 21 digs, while Hileman notched 13.
  • Dangel had 23 assists and 13 digs, while Nightwine handed out 19 assists and posted 10 digs.
  • Stevenson hit .155 for the match, including .275 in the final frame, while the Knights hit .142.

Katie Leftridge goes sprawling to keep the point alive and an Arcadia attack error gives the point to the Mustangs.

  • Stevenson will learn its next opponent on Monday at 12:30 pm as the 64-team NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship selection show airs on NCAA.com.