JERSEY CITY — New Jersey City University recently awarded its annual Gothic Knight Academic Achievement Awards and for the second year in a row both winners came from the men’s and women’s volleyball programs.
Alex Johanesen (Bridgewater /Bridgewater-Raritan), the all-time leader in assists in women’s volleyball history became just the second women’s athlete to win the award three consecutive years. Senior outside hitter Kenny Lisk (Old Bridge) of the men’s volleyball teams became only the second two-time winner of the award, as the talented duo repeated as winners in 2011.
The award has been presented since 1999 to the male and female student-athlete among all athletic teams at NJCU with the highest overall grade point average after reaching sophomore status and at least 36 cumulative college credits. The honor is not based on athletic ability. Johanesen and Lisk are the only volleyball players who have ever earned the award.
Lisk, the top returning player on the 2012 men’s volleyball team, possessed a 3.757 GPA through the end of the spring 2011 semester with a challenging major in Chemistry.
After being a steady contributor as a freshman and sophomore in 2009 and 2010, Lisk became the Gothic Knights’ go-to-hitter as a junior in 2011, earning Second-Team All-North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Metro Division honors during a breakout season. Lisk also earned a spot on the NECVA All-Academic Team, which requires a 3.5 GPA to qualify.
Lisk was the NECVA Metro Division co-Player of the Week on February 15 and earned selection to the All-Tournament Team on March 19 at the Wildcats Invitational at Johnson and Wales University. An outside hitter his first two seasons at NJCU, Lisk opened the year at a new position—middle hitter—before playing primarily on the outside once the Knights entered the February portion of the schedule.
As a junior he smashed 332 kills and averaged 3.02 kills per set, while recording double figures in kills 17 times with a career-best 21 at Ramapo College on February 12, 2011.
Lisk will enter his senior campaign with 719 career kills—11th in program history—and will seek to become just the sixth member of the 1,000-kill club. In 274 career sets and 89 matches, he owns a .256 attack percentage and has averaged 2.62 kills per set. He has added 829.5 points (15th in school history), 326 digs, 106 blocks (25 solo, 81 assisted) and 45 aces.
Johanesen and Lisk both are long-time student assistants in NJCU’s sports information office, with Johanesen serving as statistical manager of the men’s volleyball team and Lisk holding a similar position during the women’s volleyball season.
Both Johanesen and Lisk received their awards during halftime of the NJCU men’s basketball game against Rowan University on Dec. 3.
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