Wayne, NJ (10/13/09) – Senior Karen Martin (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Twp.) had 24 kills and 12 digs and sophomore Jenna Totaro (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) added 55 assists as Montclair State (6-11, 6-0 NJAC) remained perfect in New Jersey Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 victory at William Paterson (14-5, 4-2 NJAC) on Tuesday evening.
The Red Hawks snapped a four-match losing streak and remained tied with Richard Stockton for the lead in the NJAC.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 22-17 first-set lead, but the Red Hawks rallied, scoring two of the final three points off Martin service aces for a 25-23 win. Montclair State opened up a 7-2 advantage en route to a 25-19 second-set victory, and was ahead by a 20-12 count in the third before a William Paterson resurgence that eventually tied it at 21-21. Later knotted up at 24 apiece, the Pioneers secured the 26-24 victory thanks to a Martin hitting error and a Kelly Helfrich (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) block solo. MSU responded by storming out to an early lead in the fourth set, and held off a late WP effort for a final 25-19 win.
Helfrich led the William Paterson offense with 15 kills, adding nine digs and seven total blocks (four solo). Sophomore Megan Maher (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) had 10 kills and 10 assists, junior Jillian Bronowich (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) collected 16 assists and 10 digs, and classmate Michelle Leeder (Ridgefield, N.J./Ridgefield Memorial) posted 11 digs for the Pioneers.
The Red Hawks return to action on Thursday, October 15 as they host Ramapo at the Panzer Athletic Center beginning at 7:00 pm. The contest is a rematch of last year's NJAC Tournament semifinal won by the Roadrunners in four sets.