The Red Bank Catholic girls volleyball team captured its third division title in as many years of Shore Conference Class B North play with a 2-0 win over visiting St. John Vianney on Wednesday.
The Caseys (12-3, 8-0) won their latest crown with 25-15 and 25-11 wins over the Lancers (9-5, 4-4). The Caseys won at 11-1 in 2010 and at 13-1 last season. The third-year team is 51-15 overall.
“We have surprised a lot of people with how quickly we have gotten the program established,” said Pete Bogdan, the Caseys’ third-year coach. “We have been blessed with some real quality athletes from the start. They decided to learn the game quickly. They dedicated themselves to implementing the game plan the coaching staff tried to establish.
“That has been the key to the success we have had here so far.”
Red Bank Catholic clinched the previous titles with wins in its final division matches. It clinched this season’s diadem with two divisional matches remaining.
“We are in a better position this year to go beyond the division title and really do something special at the conference level,” Bogdan said. “This title is a little different than the others. Heading into this season, the quality of play in the division was stronger. You see that in the fact a lot of the other teams in the division have traded wins and losses.
“There is no real weak team in the division and for us to come out on top is real special.”
For the Caseys, senior middle hitter Brooke Foley notched four kills, eight digs and three aces, while senior outside hitter Jacqueline Reilly added three kills, four digs and two aces.
Junior middle hitter Tara Rempel put up five kills and 11 digs. Senior libero Brianna Tancredi had four digs and sophomore setter-opposite Mary Yachnik finished with four assists and two aces.
“I think we are just real solid all the way around our rotation in terms of our ability to attack from multiple places on the court,” Bogdan said. “We have a real solid serve and receive lineup and our defense is strong. It is real difficult for teams to score on us. This team has found a way to work well together as a group.”
Senior outside hitter Bianca Piccione led the Lancers with two kills and four digs.
“We had some matches left so this was not a do or die situation,” Bogdan said. “Whenever they come into our gym, it’s always a big rivalry match. I did not feel any tension in our huddle prior to the match and we have had some matches where the emotion has been a little up and down.
“Today, our girls were very steady throughout the match. They never let the emotional aspect of the game impact how well they played.”
WALL 2, HOWELL 0: Senior setter Alyssa Stansfield’s two kills, 11 assists, five service points and three aces propelled the Crimson Knights (10-1, 8-0) past the Rebels (0-9, 0-7) in Class A North.
Senior outside hitter Olivia Hayes added six kills and two service points. Junior outside hitter Tara Mircovich led the Rebels with seven digs.
MARLBORO 2, FREEHOLD 0: Freshman setter Grace Kenningham’s 10 assists and four kills led the Mustangs (7-2, 6-2) past the Colonials (4-9, 2-6) in Class A North.
Senior outside hitter Jet Manzi added 10 kills and two aces. Junior outside hitter-setter Sydney Tuman contributed four kills and six assists.
Junior outside hitter Brooke Lundquist put up four kills for the Colonials. Sophomore middle hitter Rebecca Cobb added two kills and two blocks.
IN BOYS SOCCER
WALL 3, LONG BRANCH 0: Thomas Bogert scored twice for the Crimson Knights (7-3, 6-3) leading them over the Green Wave in a Class B North game on Wednesday. Those were the third and fourth goals of the season for the senior striker.
JACKSON MEMORIAL 5, TR NORTH 2: Garrett Muzikowski had a stand out day for the Jaguars (11-0, 9-0) as they remained undefeated for the season with a win over the Mariners. Muzikowski put together two goals and
Garrett Muzikowski put together two goals and two assits for the Jaguars.
IN GIRLS SOCCER
BRICK MEMORIAL 2, TR EAST 1: Brick Memorial’s Dana Fontana and Marie Moore provided the offensive fire power as the Mustangs (9-1) defeated the Raiders (7-3) in this Class A South clash. Toms River East’s Jaqueline Manza tied the game at 19:18 before Moore netted the game winner with a first half marker at 20:13.
IN GIRLS TENNIS
TR NORTH 5, BRICK MEMORIAL 0: Coming off the program’s 10th Ocean County Tournament title this past weekend, the Mariners (12-2, 9-0) blanked the Mustangs (4-9, 4-7) in A Class A South matchup.
Kendall Kauffman (6-1, 6-0), Shannon Young (6-0, 6-0) and Jordan Vasrakovy (6-0, 6-0) earned singles victories, while the Mariners’ pairings of Brinda Shah and Sarah Koerner, and Erin Collier and Sage Delaney, swept doubles play.