Jersey City, NJ (10/13/11) - Montclair State University had four players combine for 29 of its 36 kills as the Red Hawks upended host New Jersey City University, 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19) in a New Jersey Athletic Conference women’s volleyball match on Thursday night at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center on ‘Coach Charlie Brown Court.’
Montclair improved to 9-13 with the win and 2-3 in the conference, keeping itself in position for the final seed in the six-team NJAC Tournament. NJCU (4-12, 0-5 NJAC) drops its fourth straight. MSU leads the all-time series, 20-8.
MSU freshman outside hitter Daniella Salemo (Ramsey, NJ/Ramsey) hit .353 with eight kills (8-2-17), nine digs and two blocks and sophomore outside Marta Topor (Bogota, NJ/Bogota) equaled a match-high with nine kills (9-6-31, .097) and six digs.
MSU sophomore middle blocker Sara Girgus (Green Brook, NJ/Watchung Hills) delivered eight kills and hit .222 (8-4-18) with two blocks and junior outside Alyssa Batiste (Manahawkin, NJ/Southern Regional) finished with 10 digs and six kills (6-2-23, .174).
For the Gothic Knights, senior libero Michelle Rayo (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep) defended 11 digs. Senior outside hitter Tabitha Jordan (West New York, NJ/Memorial) and junior outside hitter Kiara Martinez (Newark, NJ/East Side) each had eight digs; Martinez landed two aces.
Montclair had a 12-5 margin in kills in the opening set and never trailed. Leading 12-11, the Hawks scored the next six points and eight of the next 10 to build a 20-13 cushion. NJCU whittled the deficit to 20-18 as Martinez had a pair of aces and Medley floored a kill on an over ball off another strong serve by Martinez. But MSU scored the next three points for a 23-18 edge after an ace by Topor and won the game, 25-20 on a kill by Batiste.
NJCU had a 12-11 edge in kills in the second game and Medley hit .375 with four kills in the set (4-1-8). But Salemo was a big factor for the visitors hitting .625 with five kills and no errors. Tied 16-16, Salemo had a pair of kills for a 16-14 edge. NJCU was not able to get closer than two points, including 22-20 and an ace by Campo and kill by Topor sealed the set.
In the third set, MSU had 13 kills and opened up a 23-12 lead before the Knights scored seven late points to make it a little tighter. The visitors sealed the match with a kill from Batiste.
MSU returns to action on Saturday, October 15 as they face Baruch College in a 3:00 pm match in New York City.