Union County College Women’s Volleyball Team Wins Championship

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The Union County College Lady Owls, seen here playing Passaic County College earlier this season, won the Garden State Athletic Conference Championship on Tuesday. (Union County College photo)

The Union County College Lady Owls, seen here playing Passaic County College earlier this season, won the Garden State Athletic Conference Championship on Tuesday. (Union County College photo)

CRANFORD – The Union County College Women’s Volleyball team clinched the Garden State Athletic Conference Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in their win against Atlantic Cape Community College.

In three sets, the Lady Owls had a strong run when they won the first game 25-19. They continued their momentum in the second game and won 25-21. They finished the third set with a final score of 25-16.

Throughout the game, many members of the team added to their individual statistics. Team Captain Lena Fagan-Nelson (of Roselle) earned 16 kills and 10 aces. Team Co-Captain Bianca Mekoba (of Roselle) added 11 kills, four aces, and three solo blocks. Freshman setter Kianna Burrell (of Elizabeth) added to the total points with 13 set assists and 10 aces. Courtney Ortiz (of Roselle) contributed with six kills and a block.

Freshman Lanyse Castro (of Elizabeth) had 13 kills and an ace. Shannon “The Cannon” Santiago (of Roselle) had five kills and two aces. Nicole Sblendorio (of Mountainside) had 10 digs and four aces. Samantha Sielski (of Hillside) made five kills and had two solo blocks.


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