Volleyball Sweep Rutgers-Camden; Stays Unbeaten in NJAC

Montclair, NJ (10/6/09) – Senior outside hitter Samantha Karpinski (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) collected 10 kills and recorded six digs as Montclair State remained unbeaten in the New Jersey Athletic Conference with a three-set sweep of Rutgers-Camden at the Panzer Athletic Center on Tuesday. The Red Hawks won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-16.

Senior opposite Adrianne Moe (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) added five kills, three assists, five service aces and three digs for the Red Hawks, who snapped a three-match losing streak and improved to 6-7 overall.

Sophomore outside hitter Katherine Crosby (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) had eight kills and seven digs for Rutgers-Camden, which had a two-match winning streak of its own snapped as the Scarlet Raptors fell to 7-10 on the season, 1-3 in the NJAC.

In the opening set, Montclair State led 8-7 before scoring 12 of the next 14 points. Kara Burnham (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown)  started a four-point run by MSU as Karpinski and Burnham each added kills before Moe served up an ace to make the score 14-8. Kristin Koloski (Cinnaminson, NJ / Cinnaminson) stopped the run with a kill, however Montclair scored the next three to take a 17-9 advantage on Burnham’s third kill of the set. Moe later added a kill to bring MSU within a point of winning the set and Karpinski, who had four kills in the opening set, finished off with a kill as Montclair went up 1-0.

The second set proved to be much tighter with seven ties and six lead changes. Rebecca Calabro (Williamstown, NJ / Williamstown) had one of her four kills in the set to tie the set at 15-15. Tied at 20-20, the Scarlet Raptors committed a service error and Montclair would take advantage as an attack error and kill by Karpinski gave MSU a two-point lead (22-20) and Moe’s service ace put Montclair in front by three. An block by Burnham made the score 24-20 and after holding off two set points, Burnham and Michelle DelValle (Teaneck, NJ / Memorial) combined on a block as the Red Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the match.

The third set was also tightly contested until another late run by Montclair finished off the victory.

Leading 15-14, Anna Chesnakova (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) started a five-point run that included two straight service aces from Jenna Totaro (Secaucus, NJ / Secaucus). Moe would add two kills to bring the contest to match point and an attack error gave the Red Hawks the three-set win.

Burnham recorded eight kills for Montclair State as the Red Hawks hit .294 for the match (30-10-68). Karen Martin (Sicklerville, NJ / Washington Township) had four kills and a team-high eight digs while Del Valle and Totaro had 16 and six assists , respectively.

Calabro, Kolosky and Danielle Sailor (Cinnaminson, NJ / Cinnaminson) each had five kills for the Scarlet Raptors, who got a match-best 10 digs from libero Catherine Tajeda (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East). Stephanie Miller (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East) collected 23 assists and seven digs for Rutgers-Camden.

Montclair State returns to action on Friday, October 9 as the Red Hawks take part in the Crusader Classic at Susquehanna University. MSU will face York (PA) and fellow NJAC member Richard Stockton on Friday at 6:00 and 8:00 pm, respectively. Rutgers-Camden is on the road on Saturday with a match against Baptist Bible College beginning at 1:00 pm.