Rallies in First, Third Sets Key 13th Straight Mustang Victory

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson needed rallies late in the first and third sets to sweep Lebanon Valley 3-0 in MAC Commonwealth women's volleyball Wednesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium. Set scores were 26-24, 25-14, 29-27.

  • Stevenson (13-0, 3-0 MAC Commonwealth) opened up a 14-10 lead following back-to-back Dutchmen attack errors.
  • A Sarah Straub kill put the Mustangs up 16-13.
  • Lebanon Valley (9-7, 1-2) rattled off five straight points to take an 18-16 lead.
  • A kill by Katie Leftridge stopped the LVC run, but another five straight points by the guests increased the lead to 23-17.
  • Serving for the set at 24-19, a Lebanon Valley service error gave serve back to the Mustangs.
  • Darian Hileman served six straight points as the Mustangs rallied for the win, with LVC using both of its timeouts at 24-21 and 24-24.
  • Back-to-back kills by Leftridge and Victoria Prokic capped the run and gave the set to the hosts.

  • Hileman had a service ace on the first point of the set.
  • Lebanon Valley scored four straight points to build a 7-3 lead.
  • The Mustangs reeled off four straight points capped by a Leftridge service ace to tie the set 7-7.
  • Stevenson pulled away, opening up a 16-10 advantage.
  • The Mustangs closed out the frame on a 7-1 run and an LVC attack error closed things out.

  • Stevenson opened a 17-14 lead in the third set following a Mackenzie Blevins kill.
  • Lebanon Valley used seven straight points to take a 21-16 lead on a Reily Shelly kill.
  • The Mustangs countered with a 7-1 run of their own to go up 23-22 on a Leftridge service ace.
  • With the Dutchmen leading 24-23 and serving to keep the match alive, Simone Gest registered a kill to tie things 24-24.
  • LVC was again serving for the set at 25-24 but was foiled by an attack error.
  • A block by Prokic and Gest put Stevenson up 26-25.
  • The Mustangs served for match point two more times, but after a Leftridge kill made it 28-27, a Blevins kill closed out the match.

  • Stevenson hit .269 as a team, while the Dutchmen hit .126.
  • The Mustangs won their 59th straight MAC Commonwealth regular season match and 73rd in a row including the conference tournament.
  • Stevenson improved its home win streak to 15 dating back to last season.
  • Stevenson is one of three remaining unbeaten Division III teams, with Johns Hopkins and Tufts the others.
  • Prokic finished with two blocks to tie the career program record of 356 set by Alex Mercer from 2007-10.
  • Leftridge posted 13 kills, 14 digs, two blocks and two service aces.
  • Gest had nine kills on .692 hitting, while Prokic also had six kills.
  • Emily Pellini racked up 13 digs.
  • Caroline Dangel handed out 18 assists and had seven digs, while Julie Nightwine added 12 assists and seven digs.
  • Straub had six blocks, while Shannon Baily finished with three.
  • The Mustangs had eight blocks as a team on the night.

A Victoria Prokic kill capped the first set rally.

  • Stevenson wraps up a nine-match homestand Saturday, taking on Washington College at 1 pm and Misericordia at 5 pm in a trimatch at Owings Mills Gymnasium.