BELMONT, N.C. - Senior Jabarry Goodridge notched a match-best 15 kills as the Highlanders defeated Belmont Abbey in straight sets, 3-0, recording its fourth consecutive win of the season in men's volleyball non-conference action Wednesday afternoon.
The Highlanders won by a score – 25-21, 25-19 and 25-17.
NJIT, winners of the last six-out-of-seven matches, recorded its fourth consecutive victory, improving to 11-7 on the season while Belmont Abbey, falls to 4-12. The 11 wins for NJIT is the second-highest win total for the Highlanders in the last four seasons (11 wins in 2015).
Goodridge, the leader in the match with 15 kills, combined for a .440 hitting percentage on 25 attempts with just four errors for the Highlanders. He added five digs and three service aces while the Highlanders held a 7-4 advantage in that category.
Setter Ricardo Whitaker notched a match-high 28 assists and five digs while Raymond Kowalski led the Highlanders defensively with 10 digs. Libero Chris Wise added six digs.
NJIT middle Kevin Myren hit .571 with four kills on seven swings, including two total blocks (both assists).
Liam Maxwell paced the Crusaders with six kills while setter Pierce Pilapol piled up 11 assists. David Radoszewski dug-up seven digs for the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey got off to a quick start in the first set, jumping out to a 6-2 lead. The Highlanders used a 5-1 spurt, knotting the set at 7-7 on an attack error by Belmont Abbey. NJIT pushed it lead to 16-12, after four consecutive points, resulting in a Crusader timeout. The Highlanders continued its strong play, holding a 22-19 advantage on block assists by Goodridge and Luke Robbe and held on for a 25-21 victory, taking the match, 1-0.
The second set, which remained close early on, 10-8, saw the Highlanders go on a 6-1 run, taking a 16-9 lead. The Crusaders used a quick 4-1 spurt, cutting the Highlander deficit to four, 14-18 but the Highlanders would extended its lead to five, 20-15, after a kill by Luke Allmond, cruising to a 25-19 score on a kill by Bailey Mundy, to go up 2-0.
In the third set, the visitors started off on a 6-1 spurt and held a 13-9 advantage after a kill by NJIT's Kevin Myren. Belmont Abbey cut the lead to three, 10-13, on a kill by Gavin Schaffer.
NJIT scored four straight points, extending its lead to seven, 17-10, on a Crusader error. Leading, 19-14, the Highlanders rallied off five straight points and went on to record the sweep, 25-17, on a kill by Cameron Tait.
NJIT will return back to EIVA Conference action on Friday when the Highlanders visit Charleston (WV) at 7pm.