Volleyball Advances to Semifinals with Win over Middlesex

Volleyball Advances to Semifinals with Win over Middlesex

The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs women's volleyball team received the number 2 seed for the NJCAA Region 19 Playoffs. They hosted the number 7 seed, the Middlesex County College Colts on the evening of Tuesday October 22 for Quarterfinal play.

The Mustangs clinched a three set victory with scores of 25-14, 25-9 and 25-21 to win the Quarterfinal and move on to the Semifinal Match against Harrisburg Area Community College Saturday.

"The Colts are a well-coached program and made smart playing decisions," commented Mustangs Head Coach Misti Volpe. "They challenged us, but our girls really elevated their mental game and were intent on their win."

The team hitting average was a .352 for the night. First year player Maggie Lesinski led the team with 10 kills and a .526 average for the night. Lesinski also achieved a double-double for the evening, after defensively digging 10 balls. Second year player Liz Herezi collected 10 kills, while team mates Alex Griffin and Courtney Gill added six kills apiece. Setter Jenn Casatelli pushed out 35 assists for the evening.

The Mustangs dug a total of 30 balls, lead by Lesinski. Second year player Kendall Gazzo added 8 and Herezi chipped in 7. Gazzo collected 3 blocks for the evening. Team service reception attempts totaled 43 for the night with just one error.

Lesinski said of the matchup, "We were really excited to make the playoffs, it was a team effort and everyone contributed to the win just like we've done throughout the season. We can't wait for the next challenge."

Montgomery County Community College will be hosting the NJCAA Region XIX Championship Tournament this weekend at the Blue Bell campus. Number 1 seed Northampton Community College will face off against number 5 seed Passaic County Community College in the first round at 12pm. The Mustangs will face off against number 3 seed Harrisburg Area Community college in the second round at approximately 1:30pm. Winners of each match will compete in the Regional Final match following the outcome of each.