No. 9 Saints complete season sweep of Mustangs to remain atop CVC

No. 9 Saints complete season sweep of Mustangs to remain atop CVC

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The No. 9 Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball squad defeated Stevenson University in a Continental Volleyball Conference matchup on Wednesday night. The Saints defeated the Mustangs for the second time this season in a four-set victory, 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20).

The Saints trailed early in set one before mounting a 3-0 run mid-set to tie at 15 all. Another 3-0 run led by junior TJ Wiechecki, who notched a kill, and freshman Joseph Zanelotti, who added an ace, gave the Saints a 20-18 lead. MU continued to be a force on the offensive end, finishing the set with three-straight kills to win, 25-21.

The blue and white pieced together a 5-0 run behind three kills from Wiechecki and another from junior Ben Steranka to push ahead 11-10 in set two. Marymount maintained its lead through the rest of the set and sophomore Eric Wiles notched a kill to give Saints a 25-20 victory.

MU trailed early on in set three, using a timeout after falling behind 8-2. The Saints posted three-straight points following the timeout to cut the deficit to three. Marymount gained its first lead at 17-16 following a kill by sophomore Remington Shahan, but the late push wasn't enough to overcome the Mustangs, falling short, 25-23, to push it to extra sets.   

In set four, the Saints took an early 4-2 lead following two-straight kills by freshman Sam Safley. Both squads battled back-and-forth through the rest of the set before Marymount prevailed on top, 25-20.

Wiechecki led the Saints on the offensive end with a game-high 21 kills. Zanelotti posted a game-high 45 assists to direct the offense, while Safley scooped up 10 digs on the defensive end.

The men will head to Rutgers University-Newark for a CVC matchup on Friday, March 31. First serve is set for 7 p.m.