HUNTINGTON, Pa. -- Led by 11 kills and five total blocks from junior Megan Miller, Stevenson swept in-state rival Salisbury in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship on Friday at Juniata's Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20.
The Mustangs (36-2), who posted their first win in 18 all-time meetings against their former Capital Athletic Conference rival, tied the school record for wins in a season, equaling the mark of last year's team who finished 36-3.
Stevenson totaled a .300 hitting percentage while posting 12 total blocks which helped limit the Sea Gulls to a .053 percentage.
Miller boasted a .611 hitting percentage as she had 11 kills and no errors in 18 attempts. She now owns a school-record .391 hitting percentage this season and a school-best .319 career percentage. With 11 kills, Miller moved past Amy Sibiski into sixth place on the school's career kills list with 671.
Sophomore Imani Hudson added 10 kills against the Sea Gulls, moving her past Avery Gabbard into third place on the school's single-season list with 359. Gabbard, who had 353 in 2010, set the record with 374 a year ago.
Stevenson jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set before Salisbury rallied to take a 16-15 advantage. The Mustangs responded with an 8-0 run to go up 23-16, but the Sea Gulls rallied once more to pull within one at 24-23 before a kill from sophomore Kelly McKenzie clinched the set for Stevenson.
Salisbury (29-6) led 11-9 in the second set before the Mustangs finished with a 16-3 run, scoring the final eight points to take a 2-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls led by as many as four in the third set at 19-15, but yet again, Stevenson used another lengthy run, this time 10-1, to seal its second NCAA tournament win in as many years.
Senior Christine Isenberg totaled eight kills and five digs while freshman Kristen Brooks had seven kills and senior Jessica Gieselman had 34 assists, four digs and two total blocks. Junior Samantha Perillo finished with 18 digs and now has 1,800 for her career.
Mattie Smith led Salisbury with seven kills while Gretchen Vandermeer had seven service aces.
Stevenson will play the winner between Gallaudet and Juniata on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.