Men’s Volleyball Dominates Home Tri-Match, Runs Through St. Joe’s-Brooklyn and Purchase in Straight Sets
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The New Jersey City University men’s volleyball team dominated both matches at the NJCU Tri-Match, hosted at the John J. Moore Athletics & Fitness Center (JMAC) on Saturday, March 26. Now with seven Skyline Conference wins in the season, the Gothic Knights are in third overall in the conference standings. They trail only St. Joseph’s College-Long Island and Ramapo College in first and second, respectively.
NJCU (17-8, 7-3 Skyline) started the day against St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn (0-15, 0-12 Skyline), sweeping through in three straight sets. The Bears then faced Purchase College (4-14, 3-7 Skyline), where the Panthers walked away with their only victory of the tri-match. The Green & Gold returned to finish the job, taking down Purchase in the third and final match of the day. Momentum continued, seeing as the Gothic Knights had just defeated Purchase in another straight set match (3-0) on Thursday, March 24, in Purchase, N.Y.
NJCU 3, St. Joe’s-Brooklyn 0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-9)
Jersey City took down SJC-Brooklyn in three sets, never stepping off the gas. The dominant performance came thanks to many individual personal-best marks today, starting with rookie outside hitter Anthony Trivers (Washington Township, N.J./Washington Township) – he notched a career-high 13 kills in the match, along with two blocks and two aces. Trivers was followed by fellow freshman middle blocker Nate Aguilar (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) with 10 kills and two blocks and then sophomore oppositte Kenneth Gil (North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen) with his career-high seven kills. Sophomore Mahmoud Serour (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) notched a career-high in assists after setting up 22 shots in his setting debut; he also tallied four aces and four digs. Senior Leo Ferrari (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) followed Serour with 16 assists, upping to his total assists this season to 533. Sophomore Leandro Perez (Elizabeth, N.J./Kearny) got the nod at libero and led with a career-high six digs, followed by senior Daniel Esteva (Union, N.J./Union) and Serour with four each.
NJCU 3, Purchase 0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-15)
The Gothic Knights closed out the tri-match with another three-set win against the Panthers. In the clean sweep, NJCU led in kills, aces, blocks, assists and digs overall. Junior oppositte Chris Castillo (North Bergen, N.J./High Tech) notched a career-high 13 kills in the match, followed by Trivers with nine and junior tri-captain middle blocker Brandon DaSilva (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) with seven. DaSilva and Serour each found four aces, in addition to Ferrari with two. Ferrari led with a match-best 19 assists – Serour set up nine assists and tallied four digs. Junior tri-captain oppositte James Bajor (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) led with two blocks throughout the match, along with Ferrari and DaSilva with one each. Esteva held the match-high seven digs, followed by Serour and Trivers with four each.
The Gothic Knights will once again face the Bears of St. Joe’s-Brooklyn, this time in Brooklyn. The rematch takes place on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. NJCU will then return for their final home match against Yeshiva University. The team will honor the Class of 2022 on Senior Night with pre-match ceremonies on Thursday, March 31, with first-serve scheduled for 7:00 p.m.