Men’s volleyball cleans Skyline All-Conference honors
NEW YORK – The Skyline conference released its selections for all 2022 conferences this morning, Monday, April 11, and the New Jersey City University men’s volleyball team had the second-most winners (four) overall. The head coach Carlo Edra was named joint-coach of the year, while three Gothic Knights received first-team honors and one with second-team recognition.
Representing NJCU in the first team are the senior outside hitters Jonathan Andrews (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen)junior tri-captain intermediate blocker Brandon DaSilva (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) and senior libero Daniel Esteva (Union, NJ/Union)while the junior tri-captain opposite James Bajor (Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne) was selected in the second team. Junior tri-captain outside hitter Hanel Collado (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) was also Jersey City’s All-Sportsmanship team selection.
To end the regular season, Edra led his team to 20 wins for the first time since 2009 and his team now has its most wins since 2005 (22). The NJCU won its first-ever conference title last season and won the program’s first-ever birth to the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball championship. Plus, with his penultimate win of the regular season, Edra joined the illustrious club of 100 career wins (he now has 102 and counting). At the end of the regular season, Edra players combined to amass 24 weekly awards this season, including six Player of the Week honors – they now have 27, including a National Player of the Week award. Division III of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Andrews is honored six times a week this season having been named AVCA Player of the Week once, Skyline Player of the Week twice, New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Week three times and honor roll weekly Skyline once. Currently, he leads NJCU in points (359.5 career), points/set (4.55), kills (306 career), kills/set (3.87) and service receptions (421) . He is second on the team in aces (38) and service receiving percentage (.961) and is second in both conferences in kills/set, as well as 12th in all of Division III. He’s had four double-doubles this season, as well as 12 games with double-digit wins, including six with at least 20.
DaSilva has earned seven weekly accolades this season, including three Skyline Weekly Honor Rolls, an NJAC Player of the Week nod, and four NJAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades. He currently leads NJCU in hitting percentage (.327), total blocks (96.0), blocks/set (1.09), solo blocks (25) and assists (71) and is second in points (281). .5) and points/set (3.20). ) and third kills (197). He leads both the Skyline and NJAC in blocks/set and is third in both in hit percentage. DaSilva is also seventh overall in Division III in blocks/set. He had double-digit wins five times, including a double-double and at least five blocks overall on eight occasions.
Esteva has been Skyline Libero of the Week three times, twice on the Weekly Honor Roll, and was selected to the FrogJump National Team of the Week once. He currently leads NJCU in digs (176) and digs/set (2.35), is second in NJAC and fifth in the Skyline in digs/set and is 43rd in all of Division III. He’s had double-digit digs eight times, including a career-high 21 at Ramapo College (February 2).
Bajor has been selected as Skyline Player of the Week once, to the Weekly Conference Honor Roll once, and is an NJAC Defensive Player of the Week. He is second in Jersey City in kills (198) kills/set (2.33), digs (165), digs/set (1.94), total blocks (55.0) and blocks/set (0.65 ). He is also third on NJCU in points (252.5), points/set (2.97) and ace (24). He is the Skyline’s top 10 in hit percentage (.244), kill/set, block/set and dig/set and is also the NJAC’s top 10 in hit percentage, kill/set, ace/set (0.28), blocks/together, digs/together and dots/together. Bajor managed seven double-digit wins, including three double-doubles. He had a career-high 21 kills against Arcadia University (March 17), double-digit digs four times, and three or more blocks 10 times.
The Gothic Knights’ season is far from over as, also today, NJCU was selected as the #1 seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship. 2022. Jersey City receives a first-round bye, as does the No. 2 seed and familiar foe Ramapo College. The Roadrunners will host the semi-finals and finals in Mahwah, NJ on Saturday, April 16. The NJCU will play either 4th Penn State University-Altoona or 5th City College of New York at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. later today.