Union, NJ (9/23/08) – Sophomore Devon Johnston (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) collected eight kills while junior Anna Chesnakova (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) added
seven and five total blocks as Montclair State moved to 2-0 in the New
Jersey Athletic Conferencd with a three-set sweep of Kean University at
the Harwood Arena on Tuesday evening.
The win was the Red Hawks second straight as they improved to 9-5 overall, 2-0 in the NJAC. MSU won the match 25-12, 25-9, 25-13.
For the Cougars (4-5, 0-1 NJAC), sophomore Ivana Kapetanovic (East Brunswick, N.J.) had five kills and freshman Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) dished out 14 assists.
committed just seven hitting errors in the match and took full
advantage of the 27 by the Cougars. In the opening set, three straight
Kean errors plus kills by Chesnakova and Karen Martin (Sicklerville, NJ / Washington Township) staked the Red Hawks to a 5-1 lead. Kean would cut the deficit to 9-5, however Johnston had two kills and Christine Toskovich (Garfield, NJ / Garfield)
added another to boost the lead to 12-7. Three more Kean hitting errors
would make the score 17-7 however Kean would get back to 19-12 as
Montclair made a service error. Kara Burnham (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown)
answered for MSU with a kill and Martin served up three aces in the
final five points as the Red Hawks took the first set, 25-12.
In the second set, Montclair races out to a 6-0 lead as setter Raisa Silva (Newark, NJ / East Side)
registered a pair of aces. With Montclair holding a 7-2 lead, the Red
Hawks would run off the next seven points, including five consecutive
service aces by Meghan Stevens (Woodcliffe Lake, NJ / Pascack Hills). Burnham recorded three kills during the set as the Red Hawks took a 2-0 lead with a 25-9 triumph.
third set was tied at 3-all when Montclair scored seven of the next
eight points to take a 10-4 advantage. Burnham put MSU ahead with a
kill and two attack errors by Kean extedned the lead to 6-3. An ace by
Martin and two more attack errors by the Cougars gave MSU the six-point
lead. Johnston would close out the set and match with her eighth and
final kill as Montclair completed the sweep with a25-13 victory.
had five kills for the Red Hawks, who hit .353 (25-7-51) in the match.
Martin and Stevens each had five aces while Silva recorded 22 assists.
Chesnakova had one solo and four block assists to give her 316 total
blocks, three behind Jill Gastelu's (1995-98) all-time record. Stevens
led the Red Hawks with nine digs.
State returns to action on Thursday, September 25 as they return to the
MSU Student Recreation Center against New Jersey City (7:00 pm). It
will be the first meeting between the two since last year's NJAC
Championship Match - a 3-1 MSU victory that snapped the Gothic Knights
43-match home winning streak while giving the Red Hawks their second
conference crown and first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.