Goldberg Becomes Newest Member of 500 Win Club
American University's Barry Goldberg recorded his 500th career win Saturday afternoon as the Eagles defeated NJIT, 3-1, in the team's second match of the American Volleyball Classic. Goldberg is the 25th active coach and 43rd all-time to reach the 500 win milestone.
"There are a lot of things along the way that mean a lot to your career and this is certainly a nice accomplishment," Goldberg refelected. "There are so many things that have happened along the way. What it really makes you do is make you look back at all the things that have happened prior and make you wonder in amazement how its even gotten to this point."
Among Coach Goldberg's numerous accomplishments are 10 conference championships, including eight consecutive in the Patriot League, and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 12 years.
American was led offensively by Angelina Waterman who tallied a career-high 22 kills, nine digs and three block assists. She was aided by Claire Recht's 11 kills and Cassandra Ricketts eight. Recht also notched six total blocks in the win while Ricketts totaled four. Krysta Cicala dished out 50 assists with four blocks.
NJIT (8-2) got the best of American in the first set, 25-21, but it was all Eagles the rest of the way. With the score tied at 10 in the second set, American used a 5-1 run to open a four point advantage and a second 5-1 spurt to cruise to set point, 25-16. American never trailed in the third set, opening a 6-0 lead to start, and led by as many as eight points before taking the frame, 25-20. The two teams were tied at 16 in the fourth and final set before the Eagles seemed to take control, opening a 21-17 lead. NJIT battled back to tie the score at 24 however before consecutive kills by Waterman sealed the victory.
Article courtesy of American University Athletics