Men’s volleyball tops Yeshiva 3-0 on senior night as Andrews ties career winning record
JERSEY CITY, NJ – The New Jersey City University men’s volleyball team hit the 19-win plateau tonight, Thursday, March 31, for the first time since the 2016 season after toppling conference foe Skyline Yeshiva University in two sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-11). Before the match, the Gothic Knights took a moment to acknowledge three of their own on Senior Night – Jonathan Andrews (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen), Daniel Esteva (Union, NJ/Union) and Aaron Mantille (Kearny, NJ/Kearny). Andrews went on to match his career high with a record 26 kills, while Mantilla set a career high with a record 41 assists.
Once the match started, as mentioned, Andrews left for NJCU (19-8, 9-3 Skyline). The senior outside hitter registered 12 kills in the first set alone as Jersey City took a 1-0 lead over the Maccabees (5-11, 4-9 Skyline). He ended up finishing the night with 26 kills on 43 punches with just five errors (.488 hit percentage). Making another away start was also the reigning Skyline/New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Week. Anthony Trivers (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township). He finished the game with nine kills and two errors on 17 swings (412). Mantilla, in addition to his 41 assists, also led all players with a career-high five aces with three digs and one kill.
The second set was a little closer to the start as Yeshiva trailed by only four points at 12-8. However, at that point Jersey City went on a 9-1 run to take a 21-9 lead. Mantilla had pocket aces during that run, while Andrews landed two kills and an ace of his own. Overall, the Gothic Knights finished 25-12 to go up 2-0. Finally, trailing 5-4 early in the third set, NJCU used a 10-1 run to regain control and make it 14-6 – Andrews also had four more kills in that set. Later, leading 16-9, the Gothic Knights closed the set and won the match with a 9-2 run. Junior Tri-Captain Center Blocker Brandon DaSilva (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) had a kill and a block, while the second in front Kenneth Gil (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) kills and pocket aces during this sequence.
– DaSilva finished with six kills and two errors over eight swings (.500) to go with two solo blocks (a match-high).
– Esteva led NJCU with eight team-best digs.
– Jersey City were hugely efficient and scored a resounding 0.427 on the night, compared to -0.035 for the Maccabees.
The NJCU closes its regular season on Saturday, April 2 with a Skyline tri-game, hosted by Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY Jersey City will first face the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 1:00 p.m., then wrap up conference play with a game at 3:00 p.m. against the host Gryphons. The head coach Carlo Edra will enter the day with 99 career wins, while he and his team will aim for the 20 win mark for the first time since the Gothic Knights went 20-16 in 2009. If they win both games, the Gothic Knights will have the most wins since 2005 when they won 22 – Edra was a sophomore on the team that year.