ARLINGTON, Va. – Senior Annika Schwartz recorded her third double-double in the last four matches with 15 kills and 10 digs as the Stevenson University women's volleyball team swept Marymount (Va.) University 3-0 Wednesday evening at Verizon Sports Arena. The set scores were 27-25, 25-19, 28-26.
Stevenson (10-0) extended its best start since 2013 when it won its first 23 matches. The Mustangs also avenged their lone home loss from last season, as the Saints (4-5) downed Stevenson 3-1 on September 21. Stevenson finished 12-1 at Owings Mills Gymnasium last season.
Schwartz hit .286 on the night. Junior Moriah Savage posted 10 kills on .318 hitting, while sophomore Katie Leftridge had nine kills and no errors on 18 swings for a .500 hitting percentage. She narrowly missed a double-double as she added 11 digs. Senior Deanna Bradbury notched 19 digs, while sophomores Caroline Dangel (23) and Julie Nightwine (17) combined for 40 assists. Nightwine also had six digs.
The visitors jumped out to an early 9-5 lead in the first set before Marymount chipped away and tied the set 16-16 on a block by Myah Cordrey. The match was tied 19-19 before Stevenson recorded three of the next points to take a 22-20 lead on a Savage kill. The Saints stormed back to take a 25-24 lead, but serving for set point, Schwartz notched a kill, followed by a kill by junior Lauren Jan to give the Mustangs a 26-25 advantage. A Saint attack error closed out the set.
Marymount staked itself to a 6-2 lead in the second frame before a 5-1 Stevenson run tied the set 7-7 on a Chelsea Ireland kill. The two teams were tied three more times before back-to-back Savage kills and a Saint setting error put Stevenson on top 15-12. The guests never trailed again as they took a 2-0 lead.
The third set saw nine ties before Stevenson eked out a 24-22 lead following a Leftridge kill. Marymount scored the next two points to forge the 10th tie of the frame before the two teams traded points for the 11th deadlock. Tied 26-26, a Schwartz kill and a block by Jan and Leftridge closed out the match. Schwartz had the final three Mustang kills of the evening.
Stevenson hit .297 as a team, including .361 in the first set, while Marymount hit .197 and was limited to .093 hitting in the second frame.
Stevenson returns to action Friday evening when it faces host Susquehanna at the Hampton Inn River Hawk Classic at 7:00 pm.