Shorts Tabbed Player Of The Year, Four Other Teammates Join Him On All-Conference Team

Shorts Tabbed Player Of The Year, Four Other Teammates Join Him On All-Conference Team

MAC Release

ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Stevenson men's volleyball team had five players named to the All-Conference, which included first-team selection senior Landon Shorts who was also named Player of the Year in the Middle Atlantic Conference for the second year in a row.  Joining him on the first team is graduate student Christian Taylor and sophomore Nate Reynolds.  Senior Jason Gardner and junior Derek Tangorra were both selected to the second team as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs who sit at 29-3 overall and 13-1 in MAC play are currently riding a nation-best 17 game winning streak heading into MAC Tournament play which begins on Wednesday night.  Stevenson has had five victories over teams that have appeared in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Top 15 poll.  All of those wins have come away from the state of Maryland against North Central (Ill.), Benedictine (Ill.), Endicott, Southern Virginia, and MAC foe Arcadia who was No. 13 when the Mustangs took down the Knights in Pennsylvania.

Shorts a five-time MAC Player of the Week selection led the team in kills with 330 while hitting .316.  He set a personal high in blocks with 48 and was first on the team in digs with 218 falling one short of tying his career-best at 219.  Shorts hit a national milestone on March 1 versus Widener when he broke the NCAA All-Division record for service aces by putting away his 256 surpassing the mark set by Evan Patak of UC Santa Barbara (2004-07).  Nationally, he is ranked fifth in aces per set with .683.

Taylor was the primary setter for the Mustangs all year and paced the side in assists with 861 eclipsing over 4,000 for his playing career while adding 60 blocks which was good for third on the team.  He handed out a season-high 60 helpers in a five-set win on the road against North Central (Ill.) on January 19.  His 8.94 assists per set are good enough to keep him within the top 30 nationally.  

Reynolds earned his second consecutive first-team honors after being named Co-Rookie of the Year in 2018.  He set a new career-high in blocks totaling 129 on the season.  The sophomore also added 153 kills good for fourth on the team, however, his .406 attack percentage did lead the team.  Nationally, his 1.358 blocks per set rank second. 

Gardner collected his second straight second-team honors, finishing with 169 kills averaging 2.06 per set hitting .199.  He also chipped in 115 digs and 50 blocks.  The senior had six matches were he posted double-digit kills, including a season-high 15 at Misericordia on February 22. 

Tangorra picked up second-team honors in back-to-back seasons averaging 2.46 digs per set and posting 197 digs good for second on the team.

Stevenson returns to action tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10 when the second-seeded Mustangs host third-seeded Messiah College in the semi-finals of the Middle Atlantic Conference tournament.  First serve is scheduled for 7pm.