Men’s Volleyball Splits a Pair of Skyline Matches on Long Island

PATCHOGUE, NY – The New Jersey City University men’s volleyball squad played a pair of Skyline Conference matches on Sunday, March 6, against St. Joseph’s College-Long Island and Yeshiva University. The Gothic Knights fell to the hosting-Golden Eagles in three sets (25-20, 25-16, 25-22), but then bounced back against the Maccabees in straight sets (25-12, 25-10, 25-12) .

Match 1:

Jersey City (11-6, 1-2 Skyline) played three close sets with St. Joe’s (12-2, 2-0 Skyline), but unfortunately was unable to come out on top in each one. Senior outside hitter Jonathan Andrews (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) still had a strong match as he posted double-digit kills for the seventh time this season. His 11 kills led all players, and he tied the match-best with three aces. Junior tri captain middle blocker Brandon DaSilva (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) notched seven kills on 16 swings with three errors (.250 hitting percentage) to go with a solo block and an ace. senior libero Daniel Esteva (Union, NJ/Union) rounded out the stat leaders with a team-high 10 digs.

Match 2:

NJCU controlled its match against Yeshiva (1-3, 0-2 Skyline) and was led by junior Chris Castillo (North Bergen, NJ/High Tech)† The opposite led the Gothic Knights in kills (9) and total blocks (3) and chipped in a pair of aces and a dig. His kill total came 12 total swings with just two errors (.583).

Rookie middle blocker Nate Aguilar (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) also showed out with eight kills on 10 swings with just one error (.700) to go with a pair of aces. Another freshman, outside hitter Ryan Lin (Union, NJ/Union) registered eight kills as well, taking 13 swings with two errors (.462).

Senior Setter Aaron Mantilla (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) dished out a career- and match-best 36 assists against the Maccabees and also tied the match-high with a season-best eight digs – he chipped in a pair of aces as well. Junior Nico Figueroa (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep) got the nod at libero in this one and tied Mantilla with a season-high eight digs. freshman Anthony Trivers (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township) got the start on the outside and led all players with a season-high three aces. He also notched season bests in kills (5) and digs (6).

Up Next:

The Green and Gold return home for their next four matches, including three straight Skyline tilts. Things begin with a 7:00 pm conference clash with Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday night, March 8, followed by another 7:00 pm Skyline match with Ramapo College on Thursday night, March 10.

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