NEW YORK, N.Y. — New Jersey City University junior outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (West New York, NJ/Memorial) notched her third consecutive double-double and the 16th of her career with 16 digs and 11 kills but it wasn’t enough as Hunter College defeated the Gothic Knights, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-16) in a non-conference match on Friday night.
NJCU is now 6-14 overall after suffering its fourth straight loss. Hunter improves to 10-11 overall and leads the all-time series, 8-5. The Hawks had a 40-21 edge in kills in the contest.
Jordan, who also tallied her sixth double-double of the season, hit .119 with 11 of NJCU’s 21 winners, finishing with a line of 11-6-42, while posting a match-best 16 digs and two aces.
Senior setter ALEX JOHANESEN (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) distributed 20 assists to bring her career total to 2,616 helpers. She added a solo block and one ace—the 191st of her career. Sophomore libero AMANDA DOPICO (West New York, NJ/Memorial) gathered 15 digs and freshman outside hitter MARISSA SCARPA (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) had 12 digs. Other than Jordan, no NJCU player had more than four kills.
Hunter received a stellar attack percentage of .722 and 13 kills in 18 attempts without an error from sophomore outside hitter Kim Hirten (Lindenhurst, NY), who added nine digs. Junior outside hitter Christine Luebcke (Jackson Heights, NY/Cardozo) had eight kills and seven digs and junior middle blocker Mallory Grubler (Bayside, NY/Cardozo) added a team-best 11 digs and six kills for a .211 percentage (6-2-19).
Also for the Hawks, junior setter Katina Boutis (Pilot Mountain, NC/Salem Academy) dished 25 assists, five digs and two aces and freshman opposite Gail Sanders (Brooklyn, NY/Hunter) posted an .833 attack rate with five kills in six swings.
NJCU never led in the match and was only able to foster three ties. Trailing 16-9 in the opening set, NJCU was able to cut the deficit to 20-18 and 22-20 behind Jordan who floored six kills in the opening period. But a kill and ace by Luebcke pushed the lead to 24-20 and a kill by Hirten, who had six kills on 10 swings without an error in the set, sealed the first game for the Hawks.
In the second set, Hunter led 12-9 before uncorking nine of the next 11 points for a 21-11 lead and won by 11. Hunter, which has 15 kills in each of the first two sets, hit .270 as a team in the second game (15-5-37).
The Hawks claimed a 10-3 margin in the third game, extended the advantage to 21-11, and won by nine to sweep the match. Hirten was 4-for-4 on attacks in the set. Jordan had four of NJCU’s seven winners in the game.
NJCU returns to the court on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. when it faces St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) in a non-conference road contest in Brooklyn, NY.
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