Women’s volleyball bounces back with three wins

The women’s volleyball team collected three more wins over the past week. Two non-conference games were held at Skidmore College on Oct. 14, where the Roadrunners defeated the host and Bard College. The NJAC match took place in the Bradley Center against New Jersey City University (NJCU) on Oct. 17. Ramapo moves forward with an overall record of 15-1 and 4-1 for conference level.

Ramapo’s first victory against Bard was a 3-0 sweep, a fitting redemption from their loss to Stockton University four days prior. The Raptors managed to earn only eight points and five kills throughout the entire match while the Roadrunners collected 53 and 33 respectively. Bard’s Adi David, Annie Couey and Ryan Lum contributed a total of three aces, but Ramapo overshadowed their performances with 15.

The most staggering difference between the two teams was in their hitting percentages. Ramapo boasted .299 while Bard dipped into the negatives with  -.205. The abysmal stat came from Bard successively losing all three sets — 25-13, 25-6 and 25-9.

The Roadrunners continued to claim another victory in the Liberty League against Skidmore, 3-0. The Thoroughbreds put up a greater fight, amassing 43 points and 34 kills. Ramapo surpassed them with 55 points and 39 kills, but matched their aces five to five.

Penelope Rivera, Desiree Cruz and Maliyah LaBrie each contributed five kills throughout the match. A kill from Cruz followed by an error from Skidmore’s Jo Blanco gave the Roadrunners the first set 25-22. Karolina Rodriguez made the final kill in the second set with help from Alexandra Sacchinelli, winning it for Ramapo 25-21.

Disheartened, the Thoroughbreds limped through the third set with seven attack errors. A kill from Moncavo and an attack error from Skidmore’s Carolyn Scott put them out of their misery and handed the final set to Ramapo, 25-15.

Three days later, Ramapo faced NJCU at home for a conference match. Feeling the frenzy of their previous victories, the Roadrunners opened strong, earning six points in a row before Moncavo made an attack error. The Gothic Knights used the Roadrunners’ stumble as a foothold and began to fight back, but could only amass three kills before they lost the set 25-10.

The Roadrunners continue to leap almost every obstacle as they speed past the halfway point of the season.

The second set opened on more even footing. Moncavo earned the first kill, but NJCU’s Brenda Gonzalez was on her heels with the second. The back-and-forth action continued until Ramapo managed to widen the score in their favor from 13-8 to 18-8 through two kills, two service aces and one attack error from the Gothic Knights. The rest of the set sailed by relatively smoothly for the Roadrunners, and they claimed it 25-14.

The final set was the closest of the match. Both teams struggled to get started, with a service error from NJCU’s Scarlett Torres being followed by an attack error from Rivera. The Gothic Knights and the Roadrunners contributed five and seven errors respectively, but the latter pulled through and ultimately took the set 25-17.

Once again, Moncavo shone overall with six kills, and Rivera, Rodriguez and Riley Stewart were not far behind with five kills each. The Roadrunners continue to leap almost every obstacle as they speed past the halfway point of the season. Their next challenge awaits in Glassboro, where Ramapo will face Rowan University on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.



Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics