BRONX, New York State – Needing a big rebound after a tough New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) loss a few days ago, the University of New Jersey City women’s volleyball team did just that, dominating their way to a pair of straight set wins at a tri-match, hosted by Lehman College on Saturday, September 25. The Gothic Knights first knocked down host Lightning 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-5), then beat Maritime College in straight sets (25-20, 20-17, 20-17) also.
Things started off on a very positive note for the Gothic Knights (8-1) as they easily passed through Lehman (0-3) in the morning. A pair of seniors paved the way for NJCU as a middle tackle Leah Seickendick (Hoboken, NJ / Hudson Catholic) and libero Krista Bartko (Edison, New Jersey / Edison) were extremely effective. The former led all players with a record of eight kills and an error on nine swings (0.778 hit percentage) to go with a solo block and dig. The latter equaled her career record with a record of 10 recoveries with four aces and four assists.
Setter in second year Sydney Lore (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) also finished with a nice line, leading all players with 21 assists with eight digs, five assists and a record of five aces. junior right wing hitter Paola Toledo (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Colegio Catolico San Rafael) had 11 error-free swings to finish with seven kills (.636) to go with three digs. Rookie on the outside hitter Dayshia Espinosa (El Paso, Texas / Pebble Hills) also finished with five kills and five digs. Junior defensive specialist Katrina Nguyendon (Union, NJ / Union) recorded four digs and four aces.
Needing a little more umph in this one, NJCU still managed to bring down the Privateers (2-4) in straight sets. Outdoor hitter freshman Rachael Pharo (Manahawkin, NJ / Regional South) led the way in this one, scoring seven assists, three aces, five digs and a pair of assists for a record-breaking 10 points.
Toledo led all players with nine assists and one error on 17 swings (0.417) to go with three assists and two digs. Seickendick was 7-10 on the swings with an error (0.600), as well as a block and a dig. Lore finished with his third double-double of the season and career after leading all players in assists (24) and recoveries (13). She also had three aces and two kills. Bartko also had eight digs, a pair of aces, two assists and one kill.
The Gothic Knights return to NJAC on Tuesday evening, September 28, at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. They then have a quad biking tournament in Saratoga Springs, NY next weekend (October 1-2). Then, on Tuesday evening October 5, they travel to Camden, NJ, to take on Rutgers-Camden before finally returning to the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) on Friday evening October 8 against Rosemont College.