The Stetson volleyball team blanked Bethune-Cookman for the third time this season, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-16) Tuesday night in a non-conference match at Moore Gym.
The Hatters (11-5) have won five straight and 10 of their last 12 matches. The Wildcats fell to 1-14.
Of the three meetings between the Volusia County rivals this season, Tuesday's contest was the first in Daytona Beach. A spirited Bethune-Cookman crowd of 386 kept the intensity level high throughout the match.
"Today one the big challenges for us was playing on (Bethune-Cookman's) home court," Stetson head coach Tim Loesch said. "This will prepare us for going on the road in conference. The crowd was loud, they had a lot of people here, they got the momentum a couple times, but our girls were able to respond. I am really proud of the whole team for doing that.
"I really loved how we finished," Loesch added. "We played pretty well the first couple of games, but the team really picked it up at the end."
Tiffany Creamer led the Hatters with 13 kills and a .429 attack percentage. Kaley Melville recorded 10 kills, including five in the final set. Kayla Weller added 32 assists.
"First, I want to recognize Mel Melville for her passing and defense," Loesch said. "That is something that doesn't always get recognized, but she made pinpoint passes and played great defense. Her hitting just flowed from that. Tiffany Creamer had a great match again. She continues to grow as a freshman. She is really buying into the concept of staying aggressive, and took some huge swings on less than perfect opportunities and was still able to score points."
Loesch also recognized the play of Weller and Ellen Hawks, but again was quick to praise the entire squad.
"It was definitely a team effort," Loesch said. "We had girls come in and make big service runs, girls who passed great for us, hit off the bench, and set off the bench. We had everyone contribute."
One of those serving runs came from redshirt freshman Shannon Craighead, who made her collegiate debut late in the third set. With the pressure of trying to close out the match coupled with the home crowd focusing their attention on her, Craighead served four straight points for the Hatters, including one ace, and picked up two digs in her first rally.
Stetson will return home for two conference matches this weekend. The Hatters will host Mercer at 6 p.m. Friday and Kennesaw State at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is just $1 for fans with a ticket to Saturday's football game.
Notes: Stetson has won 10 out of 12 for the first time since the 1985-86 seasons ... Prior to this season, the Hatters had no winning streaks lasting five matches in a row since 1988. They now have two such streaks this year.