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Mustangs sweep Frostburg in opener

Stevenson volleyball

Despite hitting at a worse percentage and committing more errors throughout the match, the Stevenson volleyball team was still able to manage picking up a victory over Frostburg State in their season-opener with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 sweep.

Junior outside hitter Annika Schwartz let the Mustanfs with 10 kills while hitting .300 with five digs and two aces. Senior setter Sara Bollinger led Stevenson with 18 assists and senior outside hitter Kristen Brooks has a team-high 14 digs with six kills and two aces.

The aces were what saved the Mustangs against the Bobcats. Stevenson out-aced their opponent 11-2 and also out-blocked them 8-2 in the match.

Stevenson scored the first point of the match when Bollinger struck an ace. They then took a lead them would not lose when Schwartz hit an ace.

After an early back-and-forth on the scorecard, untimely errors by Frostburg State allowed Stevenson to push ahead. After an attacking error by Brooks Stevenson was only ahead 5-4, but a service error by Katie Onuyundo and kill by Swartz pushed the Mustangs ahead 7-4. Zoe Harris smacked down a kill to get the Bobcats a little bit closer but then a ball-handling error, blocking error and attacking error by Frostburg State gave Stevenson a nice cushion lead at 10-5.

A three-point run a bit later by Frostburg State cut their deficit down to two at 12-10, but Bollinger assisted four-straight kills for the Mustangs as they gained a 16-10 advantage. A kill by Naya Cheatem and ace by Karli Grimes let the Bobcats inch a little bit closer, but three more kills in a row gave the Mustangs a 19-12 lead.

With the momentum in their favor and a padded lead, Stevenson was able to close out the first set with back-and-forth scoring and a kill by Schwartz to seal it.

Early in the second set the Bobcats appeared to be well on their way to tying the game as three attacking errors by Stevenson aided Frostburg State in taking a 5-2 lead, but the Mustangs stormed back with six-straight points. Brooks started the run with a kill by Brooks, assisted by Bollinger, two more points were from aces by Kathryn Lough and three more were attacking errors by Naya Cheatem.

Stevenson took an 8-5 lead at that point and continued to build their lead up to 10, 18-8.

Once again, it was a big lead that allowed Stevenson to withstand a big run by the Bobcats. After going ahead by 10 points in the second set, Frostburg State scored eight of the next 10 points with Cheatem smacking down five kills in that span, but the Mustangs still got out of the attack with a four-point lead, 20-16.

Once again, it was a back-and-forth in scoring by the end of the set, but Stevenson was able to close it out with block by Schwartz and an ace by Karli Grimes.

This third set was nothing like the first two. Stevenson was unable to gain a big lead. The biggest lead they had was a 5-2 lead after four-straight kills, but Frostburg State would not let this one get out of hand. They got right back in the game and after a 5-1 run of their down they led 10-9 midway through the set. There were six ties after that point and this time it was a big run at the end of the set that gave them the victory.

Stevenson was trailing 21-17 but ended up scoring eight of the last nine points of the set to win the match.

A kill y Grimes off a set from Madelyn Torres gave the Bobcats their four-point lead, however, an error by Torres on the next volley gave the Mustangs a little bit of life. Then a kill by Schwartz gave them some momentum and another error by Torres made it a 21-20 set.

Frostburg got the next point, but would advance no closer to a st point. A service error by the Bobcats followed by an ace by Megan Hren tied the set at 22 and three more points, including back-to-back kills by Schwartz and Emily Castro gave the Mustangs the victory.

With the opening win coming at home on Thursday, Stevenson will make a quick trip to Newport News, Va. And play in a tournament at Christopher Newport on Friday and Saturday. Then they will play at Messiah on Wednesday an another weekend tournament at Lynchburg next weekend before returning home against McDaniel on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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