ARLINGTON, Va. - Marymount men's volleyball junior Eric Wiles and senior Ben Steranka led the 14th-ranked Saints to a sweep of 2016 national semifinalist Stevenson and No. 3 SUNY New Paltz, the national runner-up in 2017, Friday in a tri-match at Verizon Sports Arena.
Marymount (5-2) posted an impressive .348 hitting percentage over the six sets, totaling 76 kills, as the Saints downed Stevenson 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 before dispatching New Paltz, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.
New Paltz represents the highest ranked team the Saints have ever beaten in its brief five-year history.
Wiles totaled 17 kills, nine digs and three service aces on the day and Steranka added nine kills, 10 total blocks and two service aces. Junior Remington Shahan had 13 kills and a .667 hitting percentage. Over his last three matches, he has totaled 27 of 41 kills this season and hit .524.
Wiles had a season-high 11 kills in the opener against Stevenson (2-3) and Safley added 10, including six in the second set, as the duo combined for 21 of the team's 39 kills. Marymount had 15 total blocks and 37 digs, helping to limit the Mustangs to a .080 hitting percentage.
Against the Hawks (2-2), Wiechecki was the only player to reach double figure kills as he finished with 12 while posting a .550 hitting percentage. He had nine kills and no errors over his first 14 attempts in the first two sets while totaling five of his match-high six digs.
Shahan had seven kills and Wiles added six. Bratke totaled 28 assists.
Marymount has seven days before returning to action next weekend in Union, New Jersey for The Clash at Kean. The Saints open with Medaille on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m., before taking on Lasell and Stevens on Saturday.