JERSEY CITY–Senior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) posted a double-double with 17 assists, 11 digs and three service aces and junior outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (West New York, NJ/Memorial) had as many kills individually (14) as the entire opposing team as the New Jersey City University women’s volleyball team opened its 28th season of competition with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-18) sweep of York College (NY) on Tuesday night at the York College Gymnasium.
NJCU (1-0) hit .132 as a team and tallied 28 kills on 76 attacks (18 errors) with half of its winners coming from Jordan, an All-New Jersey Athletic Conference selection last season. York falls to 0-2 with the loss. NJCU leads the all-time series, 12-1 and has won 11 consecutive meetings since 1991.
Jordan finished with a .257 percentage, making only five errors on 35 attempts and contributed five of NJCU’s 13 service aces. Johanesen upped her career assists total to 2,199 and added three aces. Junior libero MICHELLE RAYO (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep) provided a match-high 13 digs.
Freshman middle hitter ASHLEY LATUSHKO (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) had five kills and two aces and freshman outside hitter MARISSA SCARPA (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) chipped in four kills and two aces.
NJCU never trailed in any set and the Cardinals, who were held to a -.046 attack percentage (14-17-65), could only muster two brief ties in the second set. York received 12 assists and nine digs from freshman setter Miryam Candela (Lima, Peru).
“Everyone was positive and aggressive throughout the entire match and that definitely helped a lot,” noted second-year head coach NICOLE TALLARIDA about her team’s debut. “The team made adjustments that you have to make at the beginning of a season and they played like a team.”
In the opening set, NJCU surged out to an 8-1 lead and held a 20-9 margin before securing an eight-point set win. Tied 7-7 and 8-8 in the second set, the Knights, behind six kills in the game by Jordan, uncorked a 7-0 run for a 15-8 lead and scored 17 of the final 21 points of the period. In the third set, NJCU held a 7-6 lead before notching seven of the next eight points for a 14-7 advantage and prevailed by seven.
The Knights look for a 2-0 start to the year on Thursday, September 9 at 6 p.m. against Baruch College in New York, NY.
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