Martinez Leads NJCU Volleyball By York, 3-0

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JERSEY CITY—Sophomore opposite KIARA MARTINEZ (Newark, NJ/East Side) floored eight of her team’s 20 total service aces and the Gothic Knights received 11 kills apiece from sophomore outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (Bayonne, NJ/Memorial) and senior outside hitter MELISSA LOO (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) as the New Jersey City University women’s volleyball team blew by York College (NY), 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-6) in a non-conference match on Friday night on Coach Charlie Brown Court at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center.

NJCU (5-9) needed only 54 minutes to dispose of the Cardinals (5-12) as the Knights defeated York for the 10th consecutive meeting since 1991. NJCU leads the all-time series, 11-1.

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Junior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) delivered 27 assists to bring her career total to 1,937. She added eight digs, three aces and three kills in eight swings (3-0-8, .375).

Martinez had an all-around solid effort. In addition to her career-high eight aces, she added five assists, four kills in 11 swings (.273 percentage) and four digs. Loo established a career high in kills for the second time this week with 11 winners (11-5-31, .194), while tacking on five service aces, five digs and three assists.

Jordan hit .214 with 11 kills (11-5-28) and 12 digs for her fourth career double-double, distributing double-digits in digs for the fifth time in six matches.

Also for NJCU, freshman libero AMANDA DOPICO (West New York, NJ/Memorial) posted 14 digs. Freshman middle hitter MARISSA FLYNN (Bayonne, NJ/Holy Family Academy) tallied five kills while rookie middle hitter BRITTANY EREZUMA (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) chipped in two aces.

York senior setter Charlina Gallegos (Mexico City, Mexico/Hillcrest) had 17 digs in defeat. NJCU had a 55.0 to 14.0 advantage on total points earned in the match.

In the opening set, Martinez served 10 consecutive points, landing four straight aces during a spurt that saw NJCU’s 11-7 lead expand to 19-8. When Jordan slammed back-to-back kills and Loo followed with three consecutive aces of her own, NJCU had scored 16 of the final 17 points of the set.

In the second set, Loo hit .375 with four kills (4-1-8). Leading 17-16, the Knights would continue using their serving to manufacture points, finishing the set on an 8-1 run. Johanesen registered two aces in a row to cap the game, 25-17.

In the final set, Jordan recorded as many kills (6) as York tallied points and Martinez chalked up four more aces. Leading 8-4, NJCU concluded the set on a 17-2 run to seal the win, 25-6. Erezuma served six straight points, and Loo had a pair of kills as an 8-4 lead grew to 13-4. Martinez started a run of eight straight service attempts by landing four aces in a row, until NJCU led 21-5 and cruised from there.


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