PITMAN, NJ / NEW YORK — The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and Skyline Conference announced their weekly men’s volleyball awards winners today, Monday, March 14, and the New Jersey City University men’s volleyball squad had a trio of honorees.
Senior Jonathan Andrews (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) was named Player of the Week by both the Skyline and NJAC. He and the Gothic Knights went 2-0 this week, with both wins coming in Skyline play – including one NJAC match. He did not appear in the brief straight-set win over Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday, March 8, but shined in the historic victory over Ramapo College on Thursday, March 10, NJCU’s first over the Roadrunners since 2006. Over those four sets, Andrews dominated with a match-high 23 kills (5.75/set) on 41 swings with just four errors (.373 hitting percentage). He added an ace, an assist, two total blocks and eight digs (2.00/set). He is currently second in the NJAC in both kills/set and points/set (4.62).
Junior opposite James Bajor (Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne) was selected by the NJAC as the Defensive Player of the Week after playing all but one set for NJCU this past week. On the defensive end, the tri-captain finished the week with a team-high 22 digs (3.67/set) to go with four total blocks (0.67/set). Offensively, he also notched 15 kills (2.50/set), which tied for second on the Gothic Knights, as well as three aces (0.50), which was a team-high total. Bajor started with a team-high seven kills on 12 swings with just two errors (.417 hitting percentage) to go with a match-best three aces, five digs and two total blocks in the three-set sweep of Sarah Lawrence. Then, in the historic four-set win over Ramapo, Bajor tied the match-high with a career-best 17 digs and added two total blocks as well as eight kills.
Finally, sophomore Mahmoud Serour (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) was named Libero of the Week by the Skyline. After starting on the outside and notching five errorless kills on 11 swings (.455 hitting percentage), as well as seven digs and a block during NJCU’s quick, three-set win over Sarah Lawrence, Serour was thrust into the starting libero role on Thursday due to injury and helped lead the Gothic Knights to the win over Ramapo. The sophomore totaled a career-best 13 digs in the four-set win over the Roadrunners. He finished with week with just one reception error on 27 service receptions (.963) to go with 20 digs (3.33/set).
This is the third-career Player of the Week award for Andrews from the NJAC, and second of the season; it is also his first-career POW nod from the Skyline. This is the first-ever weekly honor of any kind from the NJAC for Bajor. Last but not least, Serour adds this honor to his three Rookie of the Week accolades from the NJAC/Skyline last season.
The squad is in action tonight versus Skyline foe St. Joseph’s College-Long Island at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) in Jersey City, NJ