Saratoga Springs, NY (10/31/09) – Senior middle blocker Kara Burnham (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) became the fourth player in school history to record 1,000 career kills as Montclair State closed out its regular-season schedule on Friday and Saturday at the Skidmore Invitational.
Burnham was named to the All-Tournament Team as MSU fell to regionally ranked Cortland (3-1) and SUNY New Paltz (3-0) on Friday. The Red Hawks (13-15) then dropped a five-set decision to host Skidmore before closing out its appearance with a 3-0 defeat against SUNY Plattsburgh.
Burnham became the second Red Hawk to reach the mark this season as teammate Anna Chesnakova (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) joined the group in MSU’s win over Ramapo on October 15. She has 1,024 kills in her career.
Needing 11 kills to get to the millennium mark, Burnham had nine as Montclair took the first set against Cortland, 25-21 before the Red Dragons rebounded for the four-set win (21-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16). Adrianne Moe (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) had six kills and three service aces while setter Michelle Del Valle (Teaneck, NJ / Memorial) registered 20 assists and three digs. Libero Meghan Stevens (Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Pascack Hills) posted 17 digs for MSU.
Montclair then fell to New Paltz for the second time this season, 25-12, 25-11, 25-17. Burnham got the magic number as she led the Red Hawks with six kills along with three total blocks. Chesnakova had four while Moe and Karen Martin (Sicklerville, NJ / Washington Township) each had three. Del Valle added 18 assists and seven digs while Stevens recorded 15 digs.
The following day, the Red Hawks battled host Skidmore and led 2-1 before the Thoroughbreds tied the match with a 25-23 win in the fourth set. Skidmore would win the decisive fifth set 15-12. Martin had a double-double with 18 kills and 14 digs. Burnham had 13 kills with Chesnakova and Sam Karpinski (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) each collecting nine kills. Del Valle had 46 assists and 14 digs with Moe getting five kills and 12 digs. Stevens led MSU with 18 digs along with three service aces while Burnham and Chesnakova had eight and five total blocks, respectively.
Burnham and Karpinski had seven kills apiece as MSU fell to Plattsburgh 25-19, 25-14, 25-22. Del Valle collected 20 assists and seven digs while Stevens contributed 12 digs.
The Red Hawks will now turn their attention toward the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament. MSU is the No. 1 seed and regular-season champion. Montclair will host the winner of the William Paterson/Rowan match on Thursday, November 5 at the Panzer Athletic Center. Should Montclair capture the semifinal contest it would host the NJAC Championship on Saturday, November 7.