The College Report: Livingston's Grobeis and Stevens Tech Begin Volleyball Season with a Win

Livingston's Brandt Grobeis of the Stevens Tech men's volleyball team

The Stevens Tech men's volleyball team began its season with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-23) win over New York University in Hoboken on Wednesday. Brandt Grobeis (Livingston, Jr.) led both teams in assists with 35, while adding five kills and one service ace to his stat line.


James Johnson (Summit, Sr.) continues to wield a hot hand as he scored a team-high 21 points to lead Rutgers-Newark (13-5) to an 81-58 romp over SUNY-Cobleskill in Newark on Wednesday. The Summit High grad was especially proficient from deep, connecting of five of nine 3-point tries; overall, he shot 8-for-13. He also dished out four assists.

Steve Siracusa (New Providence, Jr.) had another steady game, although The College of New Jersey suffered its first defeat of 2010 at the hands of Kean, 61-54, in Union on Wednesday. Siracusa, out of New Providence High, scored nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor and 3-for-3 from the foul line. His four steals were high for the game and his eight rebounds led the Lions (10-6, 3-3 New Jersey Athletic Conference) under the boards.


Lynn Lopez (New Providence, Jr.) made her first start of the season in FDU-Florham's 54-41 win over Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Lopez scored seven points, nailing two 3-pointers and a foul shot in 22 minutes of action. She also earned credit for three assists and two steals. The Devils improved to 8-8 with the win.


King's College enjoyed a 42-3 victory over Muhlenberg in a dual meet in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday. Picking up victories for King's were Frankie Davis (Madison, Sr.) and Chris Puorro (New Providence, Fr.). Davis, wrestling at 141 pounds, decisioned Kevin Homan, 10-6. Puorro enjoyed a 10-0 major decision over Michael Slevin in a 149-pound tussle.


Colgate's Lauren Abouf (Livingston, Sr.) took second place in two events at last Saturday's Syracuse Invitational. The Livingston High grad was runner-up in both the 20-pound weight throw and the shot put. In the 20-pound heave, her best effort traveled 45 feet, 5¼ inches. The winner beat her by a full inch. Abouf sent the shot 37 feet, 5 inches, which was surpassed by the winner's 42 feet, 8 inches.

Georgetown's James Grimes (Chatham, Sr.) finished third in last Saturday's men's 3,000 meters at the Northeast Challenge at Penn State. He got the distance in 8:25.35, with the winner home in 8:17.22. Grimes' time was an IC4A qualifier.

Bucknell's Rob Arent (New Providence, Soph.) finished second in the 400 meters at the Akron Quad last Saturday. The New Providence High grad's 48.61 wasn't quite good enough to match the winner's 48.49. Arent also finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.52 against the winner's 8.03. The 400 clocking places Arent second all-time among Bucknell runners, while his time in the 60 hurdles is the fourth best in the program's history.

Bucknell's Charlie Murphy (Short Hills, Jr.) came up with a fifth-place finish at 3,000 meters at Akron. Murphy, a Millburn High product, finished his laps in 8:47.45, with the winner crossing in 8:37.63.

Sara Lederman (Livingston, Fr.) ran fifth for Bucknell in the women's mile at Akron. A Livingston High alum, Lederman finished in 5:25.05 in a race that was won in 5:05.98.

Franklin & Marshall's Hannah Westlake (Short Hills, Fr.) competed in both track and field events at last Friday's Kutztown Invitational. Individually, Westlake took sixth place in the women's high jump, clearing the bar at 4 feet, 10½ inches. She also anchored the Diplomats' 'A' team in their triumphant effort in the 4x400 meters relay.

MIT's Martha Gross (Short Hills, Soph.) took second place in the 400 meters in a tri-meet with Bates and Colby in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Saturday. Gross, who prepped at Pingry, got the distance in 1:01.63, with the winner finishing in 1:01.29.

Connecticut College's Katherine Nadelberg (New Providence, Jr.) contested two events at the Coast Guard Academy's Winter Invitational # 1 last Saturday, and she did best in the 200 meters, in which she finished third. Her 29.68 was eclipsed by the winner's 28.97. Nadelberg, a New Providence High product, also finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdles. She crossed in 9.92, with the winner in at 9.35.


Tom Hansen (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) of the Air Force Academy came up with a pair of fourth-place finishes in a dual meet with Brigham Young on Thursday. The Gov. Livingston High grad competed in the backstroke at 100 and 200 yards. He swam the shorter version in 53.54 against the winner's 52.13, while needing 1:58.55 at 200 yards against the winner's 1:54.09. Air Force won the meet, 163-132.


Bates dropped Colby, 9-0, on Tuesday, with Richard Keating (Short Hills, Fr.) winning at the eight spot, 3-0. Keating, a Delbarton grad, defeated Sky Weiss, 11-4, 11-2, 11-6.

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