Volleyball Drops Four-Set Match with William Paterson

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Montclair, NJ (10/21/10)  - Junior outside hitter Kim Runge (Closter, NJ / Northern Valley-Demarest) collected 21 kills, including nine in the fourth set as William Paterson knocked off local rival Montclair State, 3-1 in NJAC volleyball action at the Panzer Athletic Center on Thursday evening.

Junior Meghan Maher (Wood-Ridge, NJ / Wood-Ridge)  posted a triple-double with 17 kills, 18 assists and 19 digs as the Pioneers extended their winning streak to four while improving to 17-5 overall, 3-4 in the NJAC. The Pioneers took over possession of fifth place in the NJAC with the victory as they are now tied with the Red Hawks in the standings. However William Paterson will win the tie breaker if the two teams finished tied. The top 6 teams advance to the NJAC Tournament which begins on Tuesday, November 2.

Freshman Marta Topor (Bogota, NJ / Bogota), the NJAC Rookie of the Week, had 14 kills and 23 digs for Montclair, which fell to 4-24 on the year, 3-4 in the NJAC. The Red Hawks are in sixth place, a full-match ahead of Kean University (1-4), which still has three conference contests remaining. MSU finishes its league slate at current NJAC leader Richard Stockton on October 28. 

Maher served five straight points in the opening set as William Paterson built an 11-5 lead and led 14-8 as MSU committed an attack error. But the Red Hawks chipped away and then went on a 5-0 run to take at 20-18 advantage.Alyssa Batiste (Manahawkin, NJ / Southern Regional) had a kill to start the run and then served four straight giving Montclair the lead. William Paterson would tie the match twice more, including 22-22 n a Runge kill. Montclair regained the lead as Rhianna Ratta (Belleville, NJ / Belleville) collected a kill and ball-handling error by the Pioneers put Montclair up 24-22. Maher kept the set alive with a kill however Topor posted her fifth kill of the set giving Montclair State a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Pioneers raced out to an 8-1 lead in the second set as Maher registered three kills in the first nine points. The Red Hawks battled back again getting within 9-7, but Runge answered with a kill to keep the Pioneers in front. Montclair State eventually took the lead at 17-16 as the Pioneers posted consecutive hitting errors. Michelle Leeder (Ridgefield, NJ / Ridgefield Memorial) countered with six straight service points as William Paterson squared the match with a 25-20 victory.

Another strong start in the third set helped the Pioneers take the lead in the match with a 25-17 triumph. Maher and Runge each had three kills in the set as William Paterson also took advantage of nine Montclair State hitting errors. 

In the fourth set, William Paterson took a 6-5 lead on another MSU hitting error. From that point on, the Pioneers were able to keep the Red Hawks from tying the match coming up with points each time Montclair mounted any sort of rally. Runge had a kill for a 12-9 lead as the Red Hawks pulled within two and a service error by MSU gave William Paterson a 16-14 lead. Montclair State would get within two points two more times, however Runge answered with a kill, including on match point as the Pioneers took the third set and the match 25-19.

Jillian Bronowich (Secaucus, NJ / Secaucus) led William Paterson with 21 assists and added 19 digs. Runge had 24 digs as did libero Michelle Mitchell (Secaucus, NJ / Secaucus). :eeder collected six kills and 16 digs while Kelly Shaw (Wallington, NJ / Wallington) had six kills and seven digs.

Megan Cockcroft (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) recorded 12 kills and 12 digs for MSU, which got 11 kills, 18 assists and 15 digs from Batiste. Bella Milstein (Edison, NJ / JP Stevens) chipped in with 21 assists and 11 digs while liberoKaitlyn Irwin (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) had 38 digs along with three kills.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday, October 23 with home matches. Montclair State hosts Baruch and FDU-Florham in a tri-match at the Panzer Athletic Center beginning at 11:00 am. The Pioneers are back at the WPU Rec Center in Wayne, NJ for a 12:00 pm start versus York College.