Story Courtesy of NJIT
NEWARK, N.J. - NJIT hit an impressive .314 for the match, sweeping visiting Charleston (WV) in EIVA action Saturday afternoon in the Wellness and Events Center.
NJIT snaps a five-match skid, moving to 2-6 in the EIVA and 4-16 overall while Charleston (WV), winners of the last three matches, drops to 3-4 in the EIVA and 11-5 overall.
NJIT won the first and second set by identical scores, 25-18 and secured the sweep with a 25-23 victory in the third frame.
The Highlanders were led by freshman Alvaro Gimeno's match-best 13 kills followed by Piotr Namiotko with 12. Middle Kevin Myren finished the match hitting .833 (5k, 0e, 6a) while Luca Berger hit .556 (5k, 0e, 9a).
Setter Ricardo Whitaker paced the match with 27 assists while libero Chris Wise notched a match-high nine digs. Whitaker and Tyler Brandow added six digs each.
In front of the net, Berger led all player with four blocks (all assists) while three different Highlanders – Namiotko, Whitaker and Myren added three block assists apiece.
NJIT held a 6-to-2 service ace advantage led by Gimeno with three aces.
Charleston (WV) was led by Ryan Santos with 11 kills while Anthony Rivera piled up 25 assists and seven digs, which tied team-high honors with libero Darrin Depellegrini.
The first frame seesawed back-and-forth to the late teens. After a 15-all tie, NJIT used a 4-1 spurt, pushing ahead, 19-16. The Golden Eagles scored two points, pulling within one, 19-18, but the Highlanders scored the last six consecutive points for a 25-18 win.
The second set, which saw five ties and four lead changes, saw the Highlanders go from 10-all to 15-10, resulting in a Golden Eagle timeout. NJIT kept a three-point advantage late in the set and scored the final six-out-of-seven points for a 25-18 win.
NJIT took control early in the third frame, the closest of the three, 8-2, resulting in a Charleston timeout. The Golden Eagles regrouped and pulled within four, 11-8, on a kill by Rajahl Moxey but the Highlanders extended its lead to six, 18-12, on a Golden Eagle attacking error.
The Golden Eagles scored the next six-out-of-seven points, slimming the Highlander lead to one, 19-18, after a service ace by Stepfan Krumerac. NJIT went ahead by three on two occasions late, the final at 24-21, on a kill by Berger but two back-to-back kills by Charleston, brought the visitors within one, 24-23, resulting in an NJIT timeout. Middle Myren put down the final point of the match, securing the 25-23 victory.
Both teams will return to action on Sunday at 3pm inside NJIT's Wellness and Events center.