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Volleyball Takes a Pair in Day One of Monroe College Invitational

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Volleyball Takes a Pair in Day One of Monroe College Invitational

September 28, 2015 - 03:27
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Volleyball Takes a Pair in Day One of Monroe College Invitational

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Monroe College volleyball team was a poor host on day one of the 2015 Monroe Invitational by sweeping a pair of matches from Harcum and Northern Virginia by identical scores of 3-0.  The team is now 23-0 on the season.  The Mustangs beat Harcum by scores of 25-12, 25-7 and 25-17.  They defeated Northern Virginia by scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-7.

Indira Rojas opened the match serving for Monroe and the Mustangs scored the first eight points behind a cadre of contributors.  Cristen Coryatt, Jourdan Hodge and Barbara Maximiano all recorded kills.  Coryatt, Hodge and Maximiano all teamed up for blocks.  The Bears finally got on the board at 8-1 when Ashley Ramos mishit a dig.  Monroe got the serve back immediately after Maximiano finished a long rally with a kill.   Monroe eventually led 11-3.

From there, the Mustangs made a few subs and kept control of the set.  The lead got back to 8 points, at 16-8, forcing Harcum to use a timeout.  Out of the respite, Rojas was once again along the backline serving for Monroe and the scoring gap grew to nine, 17-8, following an error on a Rojas serve.  The lead got as large as 12 late in the set as Ramos served out the set for Monroe, taking it 25-12 on a Nautica Vega kill.

Set two was tied at 3-3, but strong serving from Neysha Gonzalez highlighted a 5-1 run and put Monroe ahead, 8-4.  The Mustangs forced a Harcum timeout after scoring four straight to make it 12-4.  Monroe poured it on from there, gaining a ten-point lead when a Gabriella Nobrega kill made it 15-5.  A 4-1 run pushed the score to 19-6 and the Bears used their second timeout of the set.  Monroe took the second set, 25-7 behind a strong Rojas serve.

The Bears fought hard in the third set and led 8-6.  They eventually led 11-8.  From there, Monroe showed some moxie and fought back to take the set and the match, 25-17.  The final point came off an error from a Maximiano serve.  Coryatt, Maximiano and Ramos had eight kills each in the win.

The Mustangs faced Northern Virginia a week prior and came away with a three-set win.  Saturday would be a mirror image of the first meeting.

Set one was back-and-forth early as the score was eventually netted at 10-10.  From there, an 8-2 run put Monroe ahead, 18-12.  The points came from three Maximiano kills, a pair of Rojas aces and kills from Coryatt and Hodge.  The Mustangs took the set, 25-15 as Ashley Ramos served the final two points.

The second set went to Monroe, 25-9.  With the scored tied at 6-6 and Coryatt serving, the Mustangs scored five straight to grab an 11-6 lead.  After a Northern Virginia timeout, Monroe outscored them 14-3 the rest of the way.  The third set went to the Mustangs, 25-7.

Day two of the 2015 Monroe Invitational is slated to begin at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 27 from the Monroe Athletic Complex in New Rochelle.  The Mustangs host FIT at 11:30 AM and play Nassau Community College at 4:00 PM.