Kajetan Borecki (front page) led a balanced NJIT attack with 17 kills and he also served a matched-leading 3 aces in Thursday's 3-1 win over Stevens. Senior Matthew Lui (above) posted 44 assists for victorious NJIT
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NJIT Tops Ranked Stevens, 3-1
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—Sophomore Kajetan Borecki's 17 kills led four double-figure hitters for NJIT Wednesday night in a 3-1 win over Stevens in the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center.
Borecki led the way for the Highlanders, who also got 12 kills apiece from Herman Kantushov and Doug Battersby and 11 kills from Chris Kaepernick en route to a 25-22, 23-25, 26-24, and 25-17 over Stevens, which is ranked sixth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association) AVCA Division III national poll. The result raises NJIT's season record to 2-6, while the Stevens Ducks fall to 4-3.
Setting for the balanced Highlander attack, Matthew Lui posted a match-leading 44 assists. With NJIT winning the service aces category, 7-2, Kantushov served three aces and Borecki added two.
Leading the floor defense, NJIT had three players reach double-figures for digs, led by Lui and Brady Smith, who each had 11, while Borecki finished with 10. Although the team blocking favored the visitors, 10-6, six different Highlanders had individual blocks, topped by Battersby's three blocks (1 solo, 2 assists).
Stevens got 17 kills and five block assists from junior Ryan Seifert, who was the only Duck with double-figure kills (Thomas Hannum had nine). Sophomore setter Kevin Aeckerle collected 38 assists for the visitors, as well ace serving one of their two aces (Etan Bennett had the other).
On defense, Chris Vaughan notched 13 digs for the Ducks, while Jake Modestow had a match-best five blocks (all assisted), edging out his teammate, Seifert, for match honors. Modestow ranked third nationally in Division III last season with 1.37 blocks per set.
Stevens, which split its previous matches against Division I competition (lost to Harvard, 0-3; defeated Sacred Heart, 3-2), and NJIT played the first three sets close until the Highlanders clinched the match with a 25-17 win in Set Four.
There were 10 lead changes in six ties in the opening set, eventually won by the Highlanders, 25-22, led by five Borecki kills and four apiece for Kantushov and Battersby. NJIT broke and 18-18 tie with a kill from Kaepernick and then inched to the first-set win.
Stevens came back to take the similarly-close second set, prevailing 25-23, as Seifert logged six kills without an error on nine swings. Ahead most of the way and leading by as many as six points, 21-15, the Ducks held off NJIT's late surge, as the Highlanders closed to 23-24 before David Evans finished things for the visitors.
The Highlanders gained the upper hand in the third set, but they needed to go to extra points to do it, 26-24. Borecki (6 kills) and Kantushov (5 kills) again led the attack and it was Kantushov who delivered the kill to break the 14th tie in the set, pushing NJIT into a 25-24 lead before a Stevens attack error generated set point.
Stevens, which hit .300 in the close loss in the first set and then .444 in winning the close second set, dropped to .057 in the third set and then had a negative attack percentage (-.034 on six kills and seven errors) to drop the fourth set.
NJIT took control early (6-2) and doubled the visitors, 20-10, late in the final set, as the Highlanders cruised home to the win that snapped a four-match slide.
The schedule leaves little time for celebration, as the Highlanders host Lees-McRae in a 7 pm start Thursday in the Fleisher Athletic Center.
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