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Mustangs sweep Arcadia, move to 3-0 in MACC play

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Paced by a 15-kill performance from Annika Schwartz, Stevenson’s volleyball team overcame a slow start and pulled away for a sweep of conference foe Arcadia to remain unbeaten through three matches with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-18 victory.

Stevenson trailed 15-11 in the opening set after the Knights went on an 8-1 run, but the Mustangs responded with 10-2 run of their own to get back ahead 21-17. Stevenson registered eight of their own points in that run with four kills, two aces and two blocks.

Arcadia came back with five-straight points to re-take the lead however, a service error by the Knights followed by two kills by Schwartz set the Mustangs up with a set points. Kristen Brooks hit a service error to save the first set point but Schwartz set Lauren Weaver up for the set-winning kill.

Stevenson was out-hit in that opening set .233 to .226 as they doubled Arcadia’s errors 6-3, but the Mustangs hit much better in the next two sets. Stevenson scored the first three points of the second set and jumped out to a 9-3 lead. That early cushion was key for the Mustangs as they never let Arcadia back in the set. The biggest stretch of points the Mustangs allowed Arcadia to get were three-straight and that was only after the Mustangs already had a 22-12 lead. Two of Arcadia’s points game off Stevenson attack errors to make it 22-15, but Stevenson was able to get the victory, finishing with a kill by Victoria Prokic to win the second set.

In the third set, Stevenson’s defense was remarkable, allowing the Knights to get only five kills. And their offense was rolling. Stevenson stormed out to an 11-5 lead with only three points being given to them by an Arcadia error. Stevenson has five kills and three aces, with two coming from freshman Julie Nightwine.

Arcadia rallied back to get it as close at 16-14, but Stevenson went on a 7-1 run to jump back out to a 23-15 lead. Arcadia scored three-straight points to extend the match, however an attack error gave Stevenson 24 points and Darian Hileman scored match point with an ace.

Schwartz moved just eight kills away from achieving 1,000 in her career. The Mustangs will next host Gallaudet at 7 pm on Thursday in a non-conference match.

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