JERSEY CITY—Rowan University received a combined 27 kills from freshman outside hitter Katie Havlicek (Midland Park, NJ/Immaculate Heart Academy) and senior middle blocker Chelsea Bowman (Penns Grove, NJ/Park Bible Academy), and despite the eighth double-double of the season by sophomore outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (Bayonne, NJ/Memorial), defeated New Jersey City University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-21) in a New Jersey Athletic Conference match on Thursday night on Coach Charlie Brown Court at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center.
NJCU drops to 5-15 overall and 2-5 in the NJAC with its sixth straight loss. Rowan, which leads the all-time series, 22-3, improved to 9-14 and 2-4 NJAC, winning for the third straight match. Rowan hit .217 as a team, (37-11-120), while the Knight attack rate was .050 (28-22-119).
Havlicek, a five-time NJAC Rookie of the Week in the first six weeks of the season, led the Profs with 15 kills and a .382 percentage (15-2-34), adding eight digs and two aces. Bowman hit .231 with 12 kills (12-3-39), three blocks and two aces.
Jordan also reached double figures in digs for the 10th consecutive match, finishing with 13 kills (13-7-44, .136) and 13 digs. Senior outside hitter MELISSA LOO (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) gathered a career and match-high 19 digs, adding seven kills, while freshman libero AMANDA DOPICO (West New York, NJ/Memorial) had 18 digs.
Also for NJCU, junior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) chalked up 24 assists and nine digs and sophomore opposite KIARA MARTINEZ (Newark, NJ/East Side) chipped in nine digs.
Rowan received 18 digs from junior libero Casey Roselle (Sparta, NJ/Sparta), the reigning NJAC Defensive Player of the Year, and 26 assists and 15 digs from senior setter Chrissy McKay (Paramus, NJ/Paramus). Freshman opposite Megan Mondelli (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) collected 11 digs, six kills, two aces and two blocks.
In the first set, Rowan owned a 15-14 lead, before Havlicek served two aces for an 18-14 lead and increased the cushion to 21-14 after NJCU made a pair of errors. Two Rowan attack errors and a Martinez ace brought the Knights to within 21-18. But leading 22-18, Mondelli landed consecutive kills and Rowan won 25-18.
The second set was also close in the mid stages, with NJCU trailing 13-12 after a Martinez winner. A Havlicek kill and Bowman ace opened the lead to 17-12, before two more kills from Havlicek and another by Mondelli made it 20-15. NJCU couldn’t draw closer than five and the Profs took the set on a Bowman winner.
There were eight ties and four lead chances in the third set. NJCU trailed 18-15 before Loo slammed three consecutive kills, made one error, then bounced back with a fourth kill, tying the match at 19-19. Bowman and Jordan traded kills before NJCU gained its final lead, 21-20, on block by freshman middle hitter MARISSA FLYNN (Bayonne, NJ/Holy Family Academy) and Johanesen. But Bowman and Havlicek each planted two more kills as Rowan scored the final five points of the game.
NJCU will face two-time Elite 8 qualifier Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, October 17 at 1 p.m. in Hoboken, NJ, in a non-conference match. Rowan hosts a tri-match that day at 11 a.m. as part of its ‘Dig Pink Day’.
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