NJCU Womem’s Volleyball Smothers Staten Island

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JERSEY CITY–New Jersey City University registered a team hitting percentage of .308 and led by 23 assists and seven service aces by senior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) sank the College of Staten Island, sweeping the Dolphins, 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-10) in a non-conference women’s volleyball match on Wednesday night at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center on “Coach Charlie Brown Court.”

NJCU improves to 4-6 overall and leads the all-time series against Staten Island (0-7, 10 straight losses) by a 7-4 margin, winning the last four meetings. The schools were meeting for the first time since October 14, 2004 and playing in Jersey City for the first time since September 21, 1994.

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Johanesen posted a .411 setting percentage with 23 assists to up her career total to 2,422. She uncorked seven of NJCU’s 19 team service aces and had four digs.

Junior outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (West New York, NJ/Memorial) nearly had as many kills individually (nine) as the Dolphins had as a team (10). Jordan hit .318 with nine winners (9-2-22), six digs and five service aces.

Freshman outside hitter MARISSA SCARPA (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) was errorless, notching a .667 attack percentage with six kills (6-0-9), six digs and two aces while freshman middle hitter ASHLEY LATUSHKO (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) had five kills (5-3-13, .154). Sophomore middle hitter BRITTANY EREZUMA (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) added four kills andjunior libero MICHELLE RAYO (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep) chipped in seven digs and four aces.

Staten Island was limited to a -.130 attack percentage as a team (10-17-54). Senior middle blocker Joanna Tepedino (Staten Island, NY/St. Joseph by the Sea) led the team with five kills and one block. Junior setter Danielle Ponsiglione (Staten Island, NY/St. Joseph by the Sea) had nine assists.

NJCU did not trail in the opening set, while slamming 10 kills for a .400 attack percentage (10-2-20). NJCU jumped out to a 17-5 lead and was never threatened.

NJCU also tallied 10 kills in the second and third sets. In the second game, the Gothic Knights landed seven aces—three by Johanesen. NJCU had a 10-6 lead but put the game away by scoring 15 of the final 16 points.

In game three, NJCU led 13-8 before unleashing a 10-0 run, capped by consecutive aces from Johanesen, who served 10 straight. Kills by Jordan and Scarpa sealed the win. CSI hit positive in the third set (5-4-19, .053)

NJCU will be back in action on Friday, September 24 in New York, NY when the Knights meet John Jay College at 6 p.m. in non-conference action. CSI visits the College of New Rochelle at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25.


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