Stevenson men’s volleyball rolls to third straight win

After winning six of last seven matches, the ‘Stangs begin conference play tonight against the Widener Pride
Tim Flanagan has been remarkable so far in his junior campaign
Tim Flanagan has been remarkable so far in his junior campaign
Ava Treakle

“This first match with Widener is important; we want to make sure we are focused and ready to go for that one.”

— Jason Garder

They’re on a roll.

After an 0-3 start to the season, Stevenson men’s volleyball team (6-4) has won six of the last seven matches, including three straight sweeps. The Mustangs hope to continue their roll and earn a fourth consecutive win Wednesday night at 7 against Widener at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

“Every conference match matters,” first-year coach Jason Gardner said. “This first match with Widener is important; we want to make sure we are focused and ready to go for that one.”

The Mustangs have built some momentum as they prepare for Middle Atlantic Conference play. Their latest win was against Randolph-Macon on Feb. 22 at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Flanagan getting ready to receive a serve (Ava Treakle)

Stevenson was up early in the first set 10-5, led by junior outside hitter Tim Flanagan, who had two of his 18 total kills at that point of the match. He has recorded 158 so far this season, an average of 4.79 kills per set, the third-highest rate in the nation. Flanagan was named MAC player of the week back on Feb. 5.

Stevenson stretched its lead to 16-10, forcing Randolph Macon to take a timeout. The Mustangs won the first set 25-19 and looked dominant on the defensive side thanks to strong outings from freshman libero Tanner Laukhuff and Flanagan.

Ernest impacted the second set against Randolph Macon from the service line (Ava Treakle)

However in the second set, Randolph-Macon made things interesting, jumping out a 5-1 lead early before Stevenson again would use their defensive strength to tie it at 5-5. Later on in the set, Randolph-Macon went on a 6-0 run to take a 17-11 lead, which forced the Mustangs to take a timeout.

Stevenson continued to battle through the second set, coming back from multiple deficits, cutting it to 24-22. The Mustangs fought off two more set points, and then added to two more to win the set 26-24. Designated server Micah Ernest was at the serving line for the final four points.

In the third set, Stevenson picked up where they left off in the second, battling to take a 10-6 lead. The Mustangs never surrendered the lead and led by as many as 5 points multiple times throughout the set. The ‘Stangs sealed the sweep 25-22 as Randolph-Macon could never close the gap.

“I thought it was a great win for us,” Gardner said after the match.

 

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Ben Johnson, Sports Reporter
Ben is a junior communication studies major from Hanover, Pennsylvania. After college he hopes to pursue a career in journalism. Ben enjoys covering sports and will be serving as the Stevenson basketball beat reporter for the 23'-24' season.
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Ava is a freshman business administration major on a sports management track with a minor in photography. She is from Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a member of the Stevenson women's lacrosse and track teams. In the future Ava wants to become a sports journalist and photographer. She is also our main sports reporter for Stevenson football.
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