After Tight First Set, Knights Fall To William Paterson, 3-0

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WAYNE—New Jersey City University kept it close in the opening set against William Paterson University, but was unable to prevail and lost to the Pioneers in three, 25-23, 25-8, 25-10, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference match on Tuesday night at the Rec Center.

With the loss, the Knights drop their fifth straight match to fall to 3-8 and 1-1 in the NJAC. WPU (7-3, 1-1 NJAC) snapped NJCU’s eight-match winning streak in the series dating to 2004. The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 32-12.
WPU limited the Knights to a -.084 hitting percentage and 19 kills. Conversely, WPU hit .226 as a team (34-13-93).

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WPU sophomore setter/outside hitter Megan Maher (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Wood-Ridge) nearly had a triple-double, tallying 11 kills, 12 assists and nine digs.

In defeat for NJCU, freshman libero AMANDA DOPICO (West New York, NJ/Memorial) defended a match-best 16 digs and junior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) tallied 16 assists and five digs.

Senior outside hitter MELISSA LOO (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) provided seven kills and seven digs. Sophomore outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (Bayonne, NJ/Memorial) contributed 10 digs and three service aces.

Also for the Pioneers, junior setter Jillian Bronowich (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus) had 15 assists and 11 digs for William Paterson, while senior middle/outside hitter Kelly Helfrich (Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) collected nine kills and four total blocks. Senior Amanda Mitchell (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus) and junior Michelle Leeder (Ridgefield, NJ/Ridgefield Memorial) each added eight digs.

The first set was tight throughout, as neither team owned more than a three-point lead, before William Paterson was finally able to put away a 25-23 victory.  The Pioneers cruised after that, jumping out to a 10-2 edge before winning the second set, 25-8. The Pioneers seized a 12-1 lead in the third set before winning 25-10.

NJCU is back in action tonight at 7 p.m. when it hosts Montclair State University in an NJAC match at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center on Coach Charlie Brown Court.


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