01/13/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2020 09:25
NJIT hit an impressive .442 paced by junior outside hitter , who registered a match-best 11 kills as the Highlanders swept No. 12 USC, 3-0, Saturday evening in the 2020 AVCA Showcase hosted by Geroge Mason in the RAC.
NJIT (1-1) won in straight sets 25-20, 25-20 and 25-17. In the first two sets, as a team, the Highlanders hit over .500 and combined for a .200 hitting percentage to seal the match in the third stanza.
The last time NJIT defeated a ranked team dates back to 2017, when the Highlanders defeated No. 15 George Mason, 3-1, on February 17.
'This was a great win for a very young hard working team,' head coach commented post game. 'We had to earn ever point and the team played a great match.'
In addition to Gimeno's 11 kills, sophomore combined for 10 kills and freshman with six. Gimeno combined for a .529 hitting percentage on 17 attempts and just two errors while Feldthus finished with a .438 hitting percentage on 16 swings and three errors.
NJIT held a 17-to-3 team blocking advantage paced by senior middle , who recorded 11 total blocks (two solo, nine assists) and Meissner with seven block assists.
Sophomore setter posted a match-high 30 assists while Feldthus led the Highlanders with four digs.
The Highlanders led the serve ace category, 5-to-3 paced by Gimeno's three aces.
USC (1-2) was led by Billy Fauntleroy's eight kills and Lucas Frassrand's six kills on eight attempts for a .625 hitting percentage. Setter Chris Hall notched 20 assists for the Trojans.
NJIT will return to action this weekend when the Highlanders visit McKendree Jan. 17 and Lindenwood Jan. 18.
#AVCAShowcase All Tournament Team
- , RS - NJIT
- Sam Greenslade, OH - George Mason
- Eric Beatty, OH - Stanford
- Stephen Moye, MB - Stanford
- Paul Bischoff, S - Stanford
- Jaylen Jasper, RS - Stanford