NJCU Women’s Volleyball Drops Four At Hawks Invitational

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NEW PALTZ, N.Y.—New Jersey City University dropped four matches and placed tied for fifth overall at the 2009 Hawk Invitational hosted by SUNY New Paltz on September 18 and 19 at Elting Gymnasium. NJCU saw its record slip to 3-7 overall on the year.

On September 18, NJCU lost to host SUNY New Paltz, 3-0 (25-7, 25-8. 25-9) and Johns Hopkins University, 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-19). The Gothic Knights were also swept in a pair of matches on September 19, losing to Mount St. Mary College (NY), 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) and Johnson and Wales University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-18).

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Match 1: Suny New Paltz 3, New Jersey City University 0
In the first meeting between the schools since October 28, 2006, the host Hawks hit .359 overall, tallying 37 kills and only nine errors in 78 attempts. New Paltz, which won the tournament, was 5-4 after the match with NJCU. The Knights were limited to -.115 hitting (12-21-78). The all-time series is even at 3-3.

In defeat for NJCU, sophomore outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (Bayonne, NJ/Memorial) posted seven of NJCU’s 12 kills, and added 12 digs. Junior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) tallied 11 assists and five digs.
The Hawks had 16 players enter the match. Freshman outside hitter Maddy Gergen (Stony Brook, NY/Ward Melville) hit .455 with six kills (6-1-11) and junior outside hitter Stephanie Skrobach (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) added a .357 attack rate on seven kills (7-2-14). Sophomore setter Kelsey Gardendia (Pine Bush, NY/Pine Bush) dished 23 assists.

Match 2: Johns Hopkins University 3, New Jersey City University 0
The Blue Jays (7-2) amassed a team hitting percentage of .376 with 42 kills, 10 errors and 85 attempts to claim a 3-0 lead in the all-time series. The Knights hit -.089 (12-19-79).

For NJCU, Johanesen collected 11 assists while freshman libero AMANDA DOPICO (West New York, NJ/Memorial) defended 12 digs. Freshman middle hitter BRITTANY EREZUMA (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) led NJCU with four kills while freshman middle hitter MARISSA FLYNN (Bayonne, NJ/Holy Family Academy) pitched in three service aces and two blocks.

JHU was led by freshman middle blocker Kate Flewelling (Altdena, CA/Maranatha) with a .667 percentage and 11 kills on just one error (11-1-15). Three other players had at least six kills. Freshman setter Becky Paynter (Columbia, MD/River Hill) finished with 21 assists. The Blue Jays placed second in the tournament.

Match 3: Mount Saint Mary College 3, New Jersey City University 0
In the first meeting between the schools since October 26, 2004, Flynn had a solid match for NJCU, finishing with 10 kills and a .296 percentage (10-2-27) while senior outside hitter MELISSA LOO (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) provided 10 digs and seven kills (7-4-18, .167).

Also for NJCU, Dopico covered 15 digs, and Jordan defended 11 digs with six kills. Johanesen had 22 assists. MSMC leads the all-time series, 4-3.

The Blue Knights (5-6) received 28 assists in the victory from senior setter Katie Toole (Wallkill, NY/Wallkill Senior). Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Kenney (Hicksville, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) led her squad with 10 kills (10-5-23, .217) while sophomore outside hitter Teresa Sorrentino (Bellerose, NY/St. Mary’s) added eight kills and eight digs. Sophomore libero Heather Schaeffer (Hopewell Junction, NY/John Jay) had 14 digs. MSMC placed fourth in the six-team tournament.

Match 4: Johnson & Wales University 3, New Jersey City University 0

In the first-ever meeting between the schools in women’s volleyball, the Wildcats used a .255 team hitting percentage and 38 kills (38-14-94) to solidify a third-place showing in the tournament.

For NJCU, Johanesen dished 11 assists and Loo collected 11 digs and three kills. Dopico tallied seven digs. Jordan totaled a team-high four kills.

JWU had 14 players enter the contest. Freshman outside hitter Karlie Haack (Selkirk, NY/Ravena-Coyemans-Selkirk) hit .500 with seven kills (7-0-14) and sophomore middle blocker Audrey Warren (Haverhill, MA/Central Catholic) added seven kills and hit .438 (7-0-16). Freshman setter Kasey Higgins (Wallingford, CY/Lyman Hall) had 12 assists while senior outside hitter Catherine Bravo (Toa Boya, Puerto Rico/Hillsboro) posted nine assists, eight digs, six kills and three of her team’s nine aces.

NJCU, which is 1-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, returns to league play on Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.


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