Foley's aces power RBC to semifinal round

Foley's aces power RBC to semifinal round


Foley's aces power RBC to semifinal round


Brooke Foley served the Red Bank Catholic girls volleyball team a victory Tuesday.

The senior middle hitter keyed a 26-14 win in the third game, powering the sixth-seeded Caseys past No. 3 Immaculate Conception of Lodi, 2-1, in an NJSIAA Non-Public quarterfinal on the Rutherford Campus of Felician College.

Foley, who finished the match with four aces, took over halfway through the third game.

“We got on a nice serving run with Brooke, strung six or seven points together and put the match away,” winning coach Pete Bogdan said. “She has a jump serve that is a jump floater. It dropped once it went over the net. It fell a lot shorter than their passers anticipated and it got them out of position. Her serve made it real difficult for them to get into their offense.”

Foley also was aggressive up front.

“She attacked at the net,” Bogdan said. “The other team had two big middle blockers. A lot of times, that intimidates middle hitters, but she never let them impact her desire to get up and hit the ball hard. She found ways to hit aroond their blocks in all three games. We received good efforts from everyone, but Brooke inparticular had a great match today.”

Bogdan said he was impressed with his team’s play in the third game.

“We played aggressively and stuck to our game plan,” he said. “We continued to swing away at the ball and put pressure on their defense. It allowed us to take an early lead. You could see the positive emotion on our side of the net. You could see their negative and tentative emotion.”

The Caseys (22-8) won the first game, 27-25, and lost the second, 25-23.

“The second game got away from us,” Bogdan said, “but you never saw our confidence change. The girls dug down deep and came out firing in the third game. I am very proud of the way the girls just went out there and fought for it in that third game.”

Senior outside hitter Alexis Whelan added nine kills and nine digs. Sophomore setter Tatiana Luis contributed four digs, 11 assists and three aces. Senior outside hitter Jacqueline Reilly added five kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter-opposite Mary Yachnik conributed two blocks, five digs and 10 assists.

“Luis and Yachnik did a great job of running the offense,” Bogdan said. “They mixed up who they set the ball to and kept all of our hitters involved.”

The third-year Caseys (22-8) tied the school’s single-season wins record they set last season. This is their deepest run in history in the tournament. The Blue Wolves ended their season at 22-2.

HACKETTSTOWN 2, CENTRAL 0: The 21st-seeded Golden Eagles (8-7) fell to the No. 12 Tigers (15-7) in Group II first-round action.

Senior outside hitter Rachel Iozzia led Central with five kills and six digs. Junior setter Audra Didzbalis added three digs and eight assists. Third-year Central ended the year with a school single-season victory record and qualified for the tournament for the first time in school history.

Central coach Jeff Mangold, whose school draws students from several towns hit hard by superstorm Sandy, said the Tigers were gracious hosts, providing the Golden Eagles with care packages after the match.

“They wrote us a note that said, ‘Our town is thinking of your town,’ ” he said, “and they gave us two coolers of dinner packages after the match. The coolers consisted of submarine sandwiches, drinks, pretzels and Doritos.”

RAMAPO 2, BARNEGAT 0: The 19th-seeded Bengals (13-11) ended their season with a Group II second-round loss to the No. 3 Raiders.

Junior middle hitter Sara Ridgeway led the Bengals with five digs, two blocks and six kills. Junior outside hitter Meg Nichols added three kills, two blocks and seven digs.


TR EAST 1, TR SOUTH 1 (TRE wins 5-3 on penalty kicks): Backup goalkeeper Meaghan Sullivan made the clinching penalty kick as the No. 11 seed Raiders (12-6-2) scored on all five attempts in the penalty kick round against the No. 14 seed Indians (13-7-1). Marykate Sullivan, Jacqueline Manza, Emma Sinanan and Jacki Wolf also scored in the penalty kick round for the Raiders. Wolf also scored at 20:00 to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Toms River South’s Madison Kenny scored at 74:00 to tie the game. Toms River East’s Jodi Bruno made seven saves and Toms River South’s Brianna Piazza made three saves.

CENTRAL 4, PINELANDS 0: Amanda Carolan scored a pair of goals and assisted on another by Sarah Burg as the second-seeded Golden Eagles (14-3-1) flew past the No. 10 Wildcats (8-8-3) in this South Jersey Group III meeting. Brooke Myers scored Central’s final goal of the game off a pass from Lizzy Kroon and teammate Lindsey Mahnken recorded the shutout in net with nine saves.

With this victory Central moves on to face the winner of Kingsway and No. 11 Highland at home on Friday at 2 p.m.

RUMSON-FH 2, MONMOUTH 1: In the waning minutes of the second half Skyler Debree headed an emily Hayes throw in toward the net where Margaret Stypa collected and scored to the right corner at 77:44 securing a victory for Rumson as the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (10-8) moved past the Falcons (6-13-2) in this Central Jersey Group II meeting.

Debree scored the Bulldogs’ opening marker at 36:00 via an assist by Lizzy Trocchia at 36:00, while Charly Cushing recorded Monmouth’s lone goal of the game at 41:41.

WALL 2, ALLENTOWN 1: In the first half, Ariana DeBlasio and Casey Zalewski netted goals fo Wall which proved to be enough as the fifth-seeded Crimson Knights (16-3-2) upset the No. 4 Redbirds (15-3-3) in this Central Jersey Group III matchup.

On Friday, Wall will either travel to top-seeded Freehold or play host to No. 8 Colts Neck in the semifinal round.

MONTGOMERY 4, FREEHOLD TWP 0: Junior goalkeeper Hayley Pascoal made six saves but the No. 8 seed Patriots (9-5-4) fell to the No. 1 seed Cougars (19-1-2) in an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV game.

ST. ROSE 6, ST. JOSEPH’S-HAMMONTON 1: Lauren Gates scored four goals and Seneca Kinn-Gurzo two more as the Purple Roses (12-5-2) defeated the Wildcats (12-7) in this Non-Public South B matchup.

SHORE 9, SOUTH AMBOY 0: Jesse McDonough had one goal and two assists, Claudia LaMarca had one goal and one assist and Lauren Holsey had two goals as the No. 2 seed Blue Devils (12-6-1) defeated the No. 7 seed Governors (6-14) in a Central Jersey Group I game.

MANASQUAN 2, AL JOHNSON 0: Manasquan’s Aubrey Jones broke a scoreless tie in the second half off a Culli Pringle pass at 63:29 and Caroline Deurr added an insurance goal off an assist by Meghan Maldjian at 73:00 as the 14th-seeded Warriors (8-12-1) defeated the Crusaders (6-13-2) in this Central Jersey Group II meeting.

Manasquan’s Bridget Ford stopped to shots to record the shutout and will travel to No. 7 seed Point Boro on Thursday.


HOLMDEL 4, NORTH PLAINFIELD 0: Holmdel’s Zach Bond recorded a pair of goals via passes from E.J. Carrannante as teammate Jack Flanagan scored two of his own as the second-seeded Hornets (18-2) moved past No. 7 Canucks (10-6-2) in this Central Jersey Group II matchup.

The shutout went in the books as Holmdel net minder Mitch Walyer’s 14th of the season, a single season record previously held by Dan Marino (2010) and Walyer himself (2011) at 13 blankings in a single campaign.

LONG BRANCH 2, ROBBINSIVILLE 0: Senior forword Welke Galvao and midfileder Jonathan DeSilva both found the back of the net for Long Branch as the fifth-seeded Green Wave (14-4-1) rolled past the No. 13 Ravens (5-13-1) in this Central Jersey Group II matchup.

Long Branch moves on to play Bordentown at home on Thursday at 4 p.m.


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