Harper Tallies 1000th Career Kill as Women’s Volleyball Marches into NJAC Semifinals with Sweep of William Paterson

UNION, N.J. (10/30/18) - Brett Harper finished with 16 kills and tallied her 1,000 career kill as the Kean University women's volleyball team marched into the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament semifinals with a 3-0 straight sets sweep of William Paterson University in the first round on Tuesday evening.

Harper posted a .429 hitting percentage for the Cougars who improve to 17-15 overall and will travel to Rowan University for a semifinal matchup on Thursday. Alyson Toman and Amanda Lembo both tallied six kills apiece for the Pioneers who finish their season at 22-5 overall.

Harper, who becomes the eighth Cougar in program history to reach the milestone, needed 16 kills entering tonight's match. Kean dominated the first two sets with .302 and .440 hitting percentages. Harper collected 12 kills in the opening two sets and tallied her 1,000 career kill after a very long rally that saw Kortnee Nelson credited with the assist.

Despite a very close final set where Kean trailed for a brief moment, the Cougars hit .457 with just one error.

Harper joins fellow teammate Vikki Stec who reached 1,000 kills in a 3-1 loss to Muhlenberg on Oct. 16th.

Stec totaled nine kills, while Jesse Larkin finished with 10 kills and five digs. Cailyn Ross added eight kills, while Zoe Strozewski tallied seven. Brianna Calvano handed out 43 assists and added eight digs, while Nelson collected 12 kills.

Head Coach Don Perkins and the Cougars will return to action in Glassboro, N.J. on Thursday, Nov. 1st, against the Profs of Rowan University in the NJAC semifinals at 7:00 p.m.