Women's Volleyball Quiets Pride 3-0

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Stevenson University women's volleyball team downed Widener University 3-0 in MAC Commonwealth action Wednesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The win, the eighth in a row for the Mustangs, was by scores of 25-19, 25-13, 25-13.

Stevenson (20-1, 5-0 MAC Commonwealth) reached the 20-win mark for the eighth straight season and for the 10th time in 11 seasons while it extended its home winning streak to 15 and its MAC Commonwealth regular season record to 45-0.  The win also marked career win No. 299 for Stevenson head coach Dave Trumbo, who is 299-81 over those 11 seasons.

In the first set, Widener (6-14, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) trailed 13-10 when the Mustangs scored the next four points to take a 17-10 lead on a kill by senior Annika Schwartz, in fact, Schwartz had three of the four points during the run.  The Pride made a run late to pull within 23-19, but a kill by sophomore Katie Leftridge and a Widener setting error closed out the frame.

Stevenson never trailed in the second set and opened up a 17-7 lead as a Schwartz kill capped six straight Mustang points.  Widener led just once, at 1-0 in the third set, as Stevenson jumped out to a 9-2 advantage and led 18-3 at one point.

Schwartz finished with 10 kills on .348 hitting to go along with 10 digs and three blocks.  Leftridge tallied nine kills and 12 digs, while senior Lauren Weaver and junior Moriah Savage each totaled seven kills, with Savage also posting three blocks.  Sophomore Victoria Prokic and junior Chelsea Ireland each had three blocks as well.  Senior Deanna Bradbury notched 13 digs, while sophomore Emily Castro had 17 assists and seven digs.

Widener was led by Claire Kaufman's six kills.

The Mustangs hit .271 as a team, including .278 in the final set, while holding the guests to an .055 clip.

Stevenson returns to action Saturday with a tri-match.  The Mustangs entertain Washington & Lee at 12:00 pm at Owings Mills Gymnasium, then take on No. 12 Juniata at 4:00 pm.