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College sports: Three Rowan Student-Athletes Honored by NJAC

PITMAN, N.J. -- Three Rowan student-athletes garnered honors from the New Jersey Athletic Conference in their weekly awards for the week ending September 26th.

Brianna Newson (Princeton, NJ/ South Brunswick) was named the NJAC Volleyball Player of the Week with teammate Simone Sparano (Phoenixville, PA/Pope John Paul II) selected the NJAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Julia Patrone (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) was chosen the NJAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Week.

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Newson and Sparano were key cogs in the 4-0 week which included two big NJAC victories.

Newson reached double figures in kills in three of four matches this week. She started off on Tuesday in a five-set victory over Montclair State, notching 15 kills. That followed up another five-set win at Stockton on Thursday, registering 18 kills, three blocks (one solo) and two digs in the Profs first win over the Ospreys since 2004. In Saturday's tri-match sweep at Cabrini, she totaled 21 kills over the two matches including 14 in the victory over the host Cavaliers.

Sparano picked up 106 digs in four matches (17 sets) In Saturday's tilt at Cabrini, the junior racked up a career-high 46 digs in the 3-1 victory. Earlier in the week, the libero registered 24 digs in the home win over Montclair State and followed that up with 22 digs in the come-from-behind 3-2 win at Stockton.   

Patrone registered two goals and an assist in a 2-0 week. On Wednesday, she scored once and assisted on another in the #10 Profs 8-1 win at Dickinson. The freshman then tallied a goal in Saturday's 4-1 win at Cabrini. On the season, Patrone has amassed five goals and two assists in six games.

The volleyball team hosts Neumann on Tuesday night before they head to Penn State-Berks on Saturday for a tri-match. The tenth-ranked field hockey team heads to Alvernia on Wednesday prior to its NJAC opener on Friday as they welcome Montclair State.