Volleyball Beats WPU; Moves to 6-0 in NJAC

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.

Senior Kara Burnham (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) tallied 17 kills and classmate Meghan Stevens (Woodcliffe Lake, N.J./Pascack Hills) added 27 digs for the Red Hawks.

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.