NEW YORK, N.Y. –Senior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) distributed 13 assists to surpass 2,200 for her career but Baruch College took advantage of its size advantage, hitting .280 as a team in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) sweep of New Jersey City University in a non-conference women’s volleyball match on Thursday evening at the ARC Arena.
Baruch is 3-2 on the year with the win after landing 39 kills and only 16 errors on 82 attacks. NJCU suffers its first loss of the season (1-1). The Knights were limited to a -.026 attack percentage with 16 kills (18 errors, 78 attempts). The Bearcats lead the all-time series, 6-2.
Johanesen upped her career assists total to 2,212, 80 shy of second place in program history. Junior libero MICHELLE RAYO (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep) provided a match-high 11 digs. Junior outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (West New York, NJ/Memorial) added eight digs. However, no player on the Knights squad collected more than three kills.
Baruch landed 11 service aces and had 16 players see action. Senior middle blocker Christina Pierre (Bronx, NY), this week’s CUNYAC Player of the Week, hit .750 with 13 kills (13-1-16) and three blocks in two sets and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Hayden (Parker, CO) hit .500 with 11 kills (11-2-18), nine digs and two blocks. Senior setter Melinda Santiago (East Patchogue, NY) paced the Bearcats with 31 assists, a .463 setting percentage (31-0-67) and nine digs.
NJCU will head to Langhorne, PA on Saturday, September 11 for the Crimson Eagle Classic at Philadelphia Biblical University. The Knights face FDU-Florham at 8:30 a.m. and Stevenson University at 10:30 a.m., with an additional opponent to be determined at 2:30 p.m.
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