Mustangs Fall to Top-Seeded Ithaca in NCAA Second Round

Mustangs Fall to Top-Seeded Ithaca in NCAA Second Round

ITHACA, N.Y. - Top-seeded and host Ithaca College swept fifth-seeded Stevenson 3-0 in the semifinals of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship Ithaca Regional Saturday at Ben Light Gymnasium.  Set scores were 25-23, 25-21, 25-17.

  • Ithaca (20-7) was down 5-2 early, but scored four straight points to build a 12-7 lead and force a Mustang timeout.
  • Stevenson (23-12) scored six of the next eight points to pull within one, 14-13 on a Darian Hileman kill, and tied the match 16-16 on a Hileman service ace.
  • Stevenson took a 19-18 lead on a Katie Leftridge kill and led 21-20 following a Bomber attack error.
  • With the set tied 23-23, an Alison Lipton kill and a Mustang attack error closed out the frame.

  • Stevenson jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the second set as it went on a 4-0 run capped by a Hileman service ace.
  • Ithaca chipped away and back-to-back Regan Stone kills tied the set 17-17.
  • A Victoria Prokic kill allowed Stevenson to reclaim the lead before the hosts scored the next two points to go up 19-18.
  • The Mustangs took a 21-20 lead on an Ithaca service error, but the Bombers rattled off the final five points of the set to take a 2-0 lead.

  • The Mustangs took a 7-4 lead on a service ace by Julie Nightwine before six straight points by the hosts put them up 10-7.
  • Stevenson scored the next three points, with a Chelsea Ireland kill followed by a block by Ireland and Moriah Savage tied the set 10-10.
  • Leading 13-12, Ithaca scored the next seven points to take a 20-12 lead following a Mustang attack error.
  • Down 24-15, the Mustangs staved off match point twice before a Ruby Dyson kill ended it.

  • Ithaca hit .175 as a team while the Mustangs hit .069, their second-lowest hitting percentage of the season.
  • Prokic finished with seven kills and three blocks, while Leftridge and Mackenzie Blevins each added six kills.
  • Hileman had five service aces and eight digs.
  • Emily Pellini had a team-best nine digs.
  • Caroline Dangel recorded 10 assists while Nightwine posted nine.
  • Stevenson, which was making its eighth straight NCAA appearance, bows out in the second round for the second straight season.