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Stevenson sweeps local-rival McDaniel

Once Stevenson got in a groove passing the ball they were able to breeze through the second and third sets against McDaniel.

Once Stevenson got in a groove passing the ball they were able to breeze through the second and third sets against McDaniel.

Rivalry games never play out exactly as they should. The 8-2 Stevenson Mustangs with their rich history of volleyball success, including five-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, were stuck in an early battle against the 4-5 McDaniel Green Terror, but ultimately after a close first set the Mustangs got off the ropes and pulled away for the 27-25, 25-17, 25-19 sweep.

Despite out-hitting the Green Terror .310 to .184, Stevenson was struggling early with their serve receive and it prevented them from getting great second touches to set up their hitters. In the first set, McDaniel gained three points off bad sets by Mustang freshman Julie Nightwine. They scored another five points off attacking errors from Stevenson.

There were four lead changed in the first set. Stevenson never led by more than two points, but did win the final three after saving a set point when Nightwine set Lauren Weaver for a kill that tied the set at 25. Then Victoria Prokic and Annika Schwartz blocked an attack by Allie Lugar before they took the victory when Lexi Corral hit the ball out of bounds.

“We did not pass well … we did not pass the ball very well and couldn’t run our offense,” Mustangs head coach Dave Trumbo said. “That was a real gut check but we’re used to winning those kind of close games that e really had no business winning. I felt we were kind of lucky that we won the first one but that got us off the snide.”

Stevenson was much more efficient in the next two sets, combining for only five attacking errors with no bad sets to give McDaniel any points. By the end of the match Nightwine had 20 assists while senior Sara Bollinger had 19. Despite a struggling start to the match, keeping Nightwine heavily involved was a priority for Trumbo, and a decision that really paid off as she was pretty much perfect in the second and third sets. And it sets the team up better to run a 6-2 offense where both Nightwine and Bollinger can be on the court at the same time.

“It gives us that extra hitter up there and Julie being a freshman, trying to get hr used to playing in big game matches like this is huge,” Trumbo said. “Getting them in big game matches when we come down in the end in the MACC Championships and NCAAs, hopefully, they will be ready.”

Stevenson hit .417 in the second set and .387 in the third as they cruised passed the Green Terror for the sweep.

The second set was tied 8-8 before Nightwine set Lauren Weaver up for one of her 14 kills, which tied for team lead with Schwartz. Schwartz then followed with a kill from Bollinger after she subbed onto the floor for Nightwine before Victoria Prokic smacked a kill to put the Mustangs ahead 11-8. Stevenson extended their lead to as big as six a few times in the match. After Kelsey Stave finished with an ace to make it a 21-15 score in the second set, McDaniel called a timeout. Out of the break they did score two points off kills, but Stevenson closed out the set with three of the final four points to take a 2-0 lead.

In the third set the Green Terror held it close for as late as 18-16 but the Mustangs scored four-straight points to go ahead by six with only three points to go before their sweep. They would split the final six points with McDaniel, but two kills by Schwartz helped Stevenson close out the match.

Schwartz posted a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Libero Megan Hren led Stevenson with 19 digs.

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