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Mustangs sweep St. Mary’s (MD) on Senior Day

By: Dayne Turner

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It’s hard to think of a better way for the Stevenson volleyball team’s seniors to spend their final regular season home match. After being honored during a senior ceremony, Kristen Brooks, Jackie Zeppa, Sara Bollinger and Kelsey Stave helped the Mustangs to their 12th-straight victory and a 3-0 sweep over St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Tuesday night.

Stevenson hit .340 on the night, their second best percentage this season, while the Seahawks hit .201 after a slow start in the first set, hitting just .054.

Annika Schwartz totaled 20 kills hitting .349 in the hard fought battle by scores 25-13, 26-24, 25-23. Brooks added 13 kills and 18 digs, needing nine more kills to reach 1,000 in her career. Megan Hren totaled a career high 27 digs while teammate Sara Bollinger contributed 27 assists and 10 digs in the Mustang victory.

For the Seahawks, Alli Graf finished with 13 kills and 19 digs, Meghan Kelly totaled 11 kills and hit .258 while teammate Marissa Dangler contributed 15 digs.

Despite the final outcome the second and third set included various ties, and exchanges of the lead. The Seahawks was able to build a four point lead midway in the second set before the Mustangs responded with five consecutive points and pulled within one, 17-16. As the back and forth battle continued St. Mary’s was able to build a 23 -21 lead before three straight kills by Stevenson gave them the lead, 24-23. Seahawks responded tying the set, however a kill by Moriah Savage and an attack error gave ended the set.

Another early hard fought back and forth set; the visitors were able to take a small three point lead in the third. Down 15-12, Stevenson rallied five-straight points gave them the lead, 17-15 and forced a Seahawk timeout. Not going out without a fight St. Mary’s took back the lead before three straight points by the Mustangs. The visitors fought off set point for the second time but a kill by Schwartz put it away.

Stevenson will travel and take on Lebanon Valley College on wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Stevenson stands tall at the top of the Middle Atlantic Conference at 6-0 with a 21-7 overall record. Lebanon Valley is just under the Mustangs, still unbeaten in the conference at 5–0.

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