Volleyball Captures MSU Classic; Chesnakova Named MVP

Montclair, NJ (10/24/09) – Senior outside hitter Samantha Karpinski (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) collected 23 kills and hit .452 in two matches as Montclair State captured the MSU Classic at the Panzer Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Anna Chesnakova (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) added 11 kills and nine blocks – seven solo – and was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament as the Red Hawks swept past Centenary College and Manhattanville in three sets apiece. MSU, which went 4-0 in the tournament, is now 12-11 on the season.

In the other finals from Day Two action, Centenary (12-15) defeated John Jay in four sets to finish the tournament at 3-1. Manhattanville (7-19) knocked off Brooklyn College 3-0 to finish at an even 2-2. In the final match of the tournament, John Jay (8-20) won the battle of CUNYAC schools as they recorded a 3-0 victory against Brooklyn College (4-18).

Karpinski joined Chesnakova on the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Karen Martin (Sicklerville, NJ / Washington Township). Jelena Markovic (Brcko, Bosnia/The Economic School) of Centenary was also chosen along with John Jay’s Justyna Kopec (Nowa Deba, Poland / Franklin D. Roosevelt), Manhattanville’s Makana Gomes (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Brooklyn College’s Thea Schlieben (New York, NY / Rudolf Steiner).

Karpinski and Kara Burnham (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) each had 10 kills as Montclair evened its record on the year at 11-11 downing Centenary 25-18, 25-13, 25-17. Chesnakova added five kills and seven total blocks, including six solo while sophomore setter Michelle Del Valle (Teaneck, NJ / Memorial) collected 26 assists. Libero Meghan Stevens (Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Pascack Hills) had 12 digs while Karpinski and Martin added eight and seven, respectively.

Markovic had five kills and 10 assists and four digs to lead the Cyclones while Kelly Zegarowitz (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) collected three kills and a match-best 15 digs. Erika Chu (Galloway, N.J./Absegami), Sydney Eggleston (Spokane, Wash./Valley Christian School) and Devon Paffendorf (Hackettstown, N.J./Mount Olive) each had four kills.

The Red Hawks then completed its weekend sweep of matches as they downed Manhattanville, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-12. Karpinski registered a .500 hitting efficiency as she collected 13 kills . Burnham had eight kills and Chesnakova six. Martin and Adrianne Moe (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) had five kills and five aces apiece with Martin also posting six digs. Del Valle had 28 assists and six digs with Stevens tacking on a team-high seven digs. Montclair State hit .363 as a team in the match committing just nine errors in 80 attempts (38 kills).

Kelly Schlittenhardt (Islip, N.Y.) had 10 kills for the Valiants while Gomes recorded 15 assists and six digs.

Chu and Paffendorf had 11 kills apiece as Centenary dropped the first set to John Jay 25-17 before coming back for a 25-8, 25-12 and 25-13 victory. Markovic had seven kills, 145 assists and 13 digs while Angelica Ruiz (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) registered 18 assists. Kopec had seven kills and six digs for John Jay.

The Bloodhounds would salvage a win in the tournament as they knocked off Brooklyn College for the second time this season. Aleksandra Fenik (Riga, Lativa, James Madison) and Jia Li Chen (Toyshan, China, HS for Duel Language & Asian Studies)had five kills each to lead the team. Fenik added a solo block and two block assists in the win. Meanwhile Kopec and Jessica Davies (Brawley, CA, Indio)had four kills each. Kopec,along with Katherine Higuera-McCoy (Jamaica, NY, St. Francis Prep) had nine digs each. Erica Lee (New York, NY, Seward Park) slammed eight service aces for John Jay.

Gabrielle Rodriguez (Brooklyn, NY / Nazareth) and Caitlin McMullen (Brooklyn, NY / Midwood) had five kills each for Brooklyn College.

Alexa Zurek  (Brooklyn, NY / Poly Prep) posted eight kills and Schlittenhardt six along with six digs as Manhattanville defeated Brooklyn College, 25-20, 25-13, 25-10. McMullen had seven kills to pace the Bridges.