[Sean King for Shaw Media]
Rosary (5-3), which got senior outside Molly Mulvey back from an ankle injury Tuesday, was the clear aggressor early. Libero Sarah Konovodoff dug balls all over the court – and off it – and the Royals used a 7-0 run out of a 5-5 tie to take charge of the first set.
That changed in the second, starting with a Malone kill with a little extra spice to start the second. Out of a 20-20 tie, Malone took over with a personal 4-0 run, setting up Mattie Chapman's block for set point.
"I was very specific with my setter. I told her you look at me every single point and I'll tell you where to set the ball," Grayson said. "That's how you learn."
More often than not, where Christian was going was to Malone, who overpowered Rosary from the front and back row alike. Malone's two kills sandwiched around a Chapman service ace sprung Newark to a 6-1 start in third set.
"Part of our game plan was to have our middles cheat to the outside and have everybody else beat us," Rosary coach Bill Allen said. "That game plan got away from us in the second set. She [Malone] seems like she can handle herself well. When you have confidence with somebody like that and they produce they're obviously a special player."