Montclair, NJ (11/6/08) - Freshman
middle blocker Kayla Anders (Harrington Park, NJ / Old Tappan) posted a
match-high 24 kills as third-seeded Ramapo ousted No. 2 seed and
defending champion Montclair State in four sets in the semifinals of
the New Jersey Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship at the MSU
Student Recreation Center on Thursday evening.
Freshman Kimberly Runge ( Closter, NJ / NV-Demarest) had 11 kills and nine digs as the Roadrunners avenged an earlier season loss to the Red Hawks with a 25-17, 14-25, 25-23, 25-20 win. Ramapo moves on to the NJAC Championship Game on Saturday, November 8 at top seed Richard Stockton at 5:00 pm. The winner of the match will receive and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament which gets underway next Thursday, November 13.
Sophomore Devon Johnston ( Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) and junior Kara Burnham ( Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) each had 11 kills for Montclair State which dropped its fourth straight and ended its season at 16-15.
Ramapo lost to Montclair State, 3-0 back on October 9, but this time around it was the Roadrunners jumping out to a 1-0 lead. Led by Anders, who had seven kills in the opening set, Ramapo was down 15-13 following a service error before reeling off seven straight points. Anders got things going with a kill and two straight MSU errors followed by a Runge ace put Ramapo up 17-15. Anders had two more kills around another Runge ace as the Roadrunners led 20-15. Anders final kill in the first set made the score 23-17 and two Montclair miscues gave the visitors a 25-17 win.
The Red Hawks would bounce back in the second set behind a combined seven kills from Johnston and Burnham and four blocks by junior Anna Chesnakova ( East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick). A 5-0 run by Montclair early in the set put the Red Hawks up 10-4 and after the Roadrunners closed within 12-8, Montclair reeled off five consecutive points on the serving of Meghan Stevens ( Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Pascack Hills) to extend its lead to 17-8. Adrianne Moe ( Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) would serve three points to make the score 24-12 and Burnham tied the match at a set apiece with a kill.
The third set was nearly an identical copy of the first as Anders had seven kills with Runge posting six. A ball-hadling error by Ramapo gave MSU a 17-13 advantage however the Roadrunners got great serving from Michelle Del Valle (Teaneck, NJ / Teaneck) and two kills from Runge to take a 20-17 lead. Ramapo would get up 24-21, by a kill but kills by Chesnakova and Moe trimmed the lead to 24-23. Anders put an end to any MSU rally as she slammed home her final kill of the match to give Ramapo a 25-23 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Anders would collect eight kills in the final set as Ramapo closed out the match with a 25-20 victory. Trailing 16-12, Ramapo would tie the match at 17-17 on Runge’s third kill of the set. Following another tie at 19-all, Ramapo would take advantage of two Montclair errors and another kill by Anders for a 23-20 lead. Anders served out the match as Ramapo finished off its win with a 25-20 triumph.
Del Valle finished with 22 assists for Ramapo while Tiffany Fischer ( Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Pascack Hills) had 17. Libero Elizabeth Steck ( Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) had a match-high 27 digs as the Roadrunners hit .281 for the match, including .445 in the final set (17-2-33). Runge had nine digs.Chesnakova recorded nine kills and seven total blocks for MSU while Christine Toskovich ( Garfield, NJ / Garfield) had 34 assists, five digs and six block assists. Moe contributed six kills and five service aces with Karen Martin ( Sicklerville, NJ / Washington Township) posting seven kills. Stevens led MSU with 19 digs while Johnston added 14.