Patchogue, NY –The University of New Jersey City men’s volleyball team played two Skyline Conference games on Sunday, March 6 against St. Joseph’s College-Long Island and Yeshiva University. The Gothic Knights fell to the host Golden Eagles in straight sets (25-20, 25-16, 25-22), but then bounced back to the Maccabees in straight sets (25-12, 25-10, 25-12) .
Jersey City (11-6, 1-2 Skyline) played three tight sets with St. Joe’s (12-2, 2-0 Skyline), but unfortunately couldn’t win in all of them. Senior outside hitter Jonathan Andrews (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) still had a solid game as he recorded double-digit wins for the seventh time this season. His 11 kills led all players and he tied the game best with three aces. Junior Tri-Captain Center Blocker Brandon DaSilva (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) landed seven kills on 16 swings with three errors (.250 hit percentage) to go with a solo block and an ace. Senior Libero Daniel Esteva (Union, NJ/Union) rounded out the stats leaders with a team-high 10 digs.
NJCU controlled their game against Yeshiva (1-3, 0-2 Skyline) and trailed junior Chris Castillo (North Bergen, NJ/High Tech). The opposite led the Gothic Knights in kills (9) and total blocks (3) and made pocket aces and a dig. His kill total came from 12 total swings with just two errors (.583).
Rookie Center Blocker Nate Aguilar (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) also showed eight kills on 10 swings with a single error (.700) to go with pocket aces. Another freshman, outside hitter Ryan Lin (Union, NJ/Union) also recorded eight kills, taking 13 shots with two errors (.462).
Senior setter Aaron Mantille (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) provided 36 career and game assists against the Maccabees and also tied the game high with a season-best eight digs – he also had a pair of aces. Junior Nico Figueroa (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep) got the libero nod in this one and tied Mantilla with a season-high eight digs. First-year student Anthony Trivers (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township) started on the outside and led all players with a season-high three aces. He also set season best records for kills (5) and digs (6).
The Vert et Or return home for their next four games, including three consecutive Skyline tilts. Things start with a 7:00 p.m. conference matchup with Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday night, March 8, followed by another 7:00 p.m. Skyline game with Ramapo College on Thursday night, March 10.