Red Bank wins first state tourney match

Red Bank wins first state tourney match


Red Bank wins first state tourney match


The Red Bank Regional girls volleyball team made history and conquered adversity Friday.

The 16th-seeded Bucs won their first NJSIAA Tournament match in school history, downing No. 17 Voorhees, 2-1, in Group II in the opening round.

The Bucs were originally scheduled to host the match. However, power problems at their school in the wake of superstorm Sandy forced the match to be played at Voorhees.

“We had to take our home field advantage on the road,” winning coach Scott Ferris said.

Red Bank is 1-3 in the state tournament in the program’s eight-year history.

“It’s nice,” said Ferris, the Bucs’ eighth-year coach and the founder of the program. “It’s about time.”

Red Bank (14-6) practiced Wednesday and Thursday at GoodSports USA in Wall. The Bucs received food from Voorhees’ parents after the match.

“They gave us hot food, apples, brownies and drinks,” Ferris said. “They were so supportive of our girls. Even after a loss, their parents were more than willing to make sure we were OK. I did not know what was going to happen.”

Red Bank dropped the first game, 20-25, but rallied for 26-24 and 25-15 victories. Junior middle blocker Megan Reardon keyed the win in the second game, unleashing aces for the Bucs’ final two points. Reardon finished the match with 11 aces, five kills, three digs and two blocks. Reardon put home 20 service points on the day.

“She went with her usual line-drive serve,” Ferris said, “and she hit the ball as hard as she could. She snapped her wrist real nice. The ball dove right down on both serves.”

Senior setter Becka Zabilowicz added three aces, seven kills, six digs and nine assists. Junior outside hitter Ciela Smith contributed two aces, two kills and six digs.

Ferris said several of the Bucs hail from Union Beach, hit hard by the storm.

“None of our girls lost their homes,” he said, “but they had a lot of flooding. They lost their cars and other personal belongings.”

Red Bank will visit top-seeded River Dell 11:30 a.m. today in the quarterfinals.

RED BANK CATHOLIC 2, MONTCLAIR IMMACULATE 0: Senior outside hitter Jacqueline Reilly, sophomore setter-opposite Mary Yachnik and senior outside hitter Alexis Whelan led the sixth-seeded Caseys (20-8) past No. 7 Montclair Immaculate (15-5) in first-round Non-Public action.

Reilly notched four kills and seven aces. Yachnik added seven assists and two aces. Whelan contributed two kills and two aces.

The Caseys were 25-3 and 25-5 winners.

The match, originally slated to be played at Red Bank Catholic, took place at Montclair Immaculate because of power issues in the Caseys’ gymnasium. The Caseys had three practices at St. James Grammar School.

The Caseys will go against the Patrick School 4 p.m. Monday in the second round.

BRIDGEWATER-RARITAN 2, SOUTHERN 1: The 12th-seeded Rams (23-1) ended their season with a loss to the No. 5 Panthers in the Group IV quarterfinals.

Southern junior outside hitter Emily Miglin had nine kills and four blocks. Junior right side-setter Carly Dellavalle added 21 assists.

LIVINGSTON 2, TR NORTH 0: The 29th-seeded Mariners closed their season at 8-9 with a loss to the No. 4 Lancers in Group IV first-round action.

Sophomore setter Sydney Binkle led North with two kills and eight assists. Junior opposite Chandler Schalhoub added two kills, two assists and two digs.

PASCACK VALLEY 2, TR SOUTH 0: Senior opposite Ashley Netchert notched nine kills and four assists for the 26th-seeded Indians (10-12) in their first-round Group III loss to the No. 7 Indians (15-7).

Senior setter Amanda Murray added two kills, three digs and two assists.

MCNAIR 2, POINT BEACH 1: The 21st-seeded Garnet Gulls (8-11) closed their campaign with a loss to the No. 12 Cougars (24-4) in Group I first-round play.

Senior libero Jane Haugen led the Garnet Gulls with 23 digs. Senior setter Amanda Hopcroft added 17 assists.


TR NORTH 3, CLEARVIEW 1: Alex Ganci, Juliano Pillari and Christiano Pillari each scored a goal as the 11th-seeded Mariners (11-7) rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV game against the third-seeded Pioneers (14-5). Pat Higham made eight saves for the Mariners.


HUNTERDON CENTRAL 3, HOWELL 2: The sixth-seeded Rebels (8-4-3) got two goals from Anna McComb but couldn’t overcome the 11th-seeded Red Devils’ 3-1 halftime lead fueled by Allison DeLuca’s two first-half goals. McComb headed Howell’s first goal in from about the six yard line after getting a cross from Marissa Hamilton and she cleaned up a rebound off the goalie for her second goal. Howell goalie Caitlin Matus made 10 saves.

ST. ROSE 8, MARIST 0: Sophomore Kathleen Dailey had two goals and one assist and junior Lauren Gates had two goals as the third-seeded Purple Roses (11-5-2) defeated the 14th-seeded Royal Knights (1-10) in an NJSIAA Non-Public South B game.

Seniors Caroline Fanning and Nikki Keefe and sophomore Grace Groh and freshman Ryan McCurry each added one goal and St. Rose used sophomores Jordan Nash (0 saves) and Katie Coakley (two saves) in goal.

POINT BEACH 2, FLORENCE 0: Nicole Meyer scored two goals, one in each half, as the sixth-seeded Garnet Gulls (9-5-2) defeated the third-seeded Flashes in an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I game. Morgan Sartori made five saves for the shutout.

The NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III game of Woodbridge vs Freehold will be played today at Noon at Neptune High School. Also, the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV game between Hillsborough and Brick Memorial will be played today at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Middle School in Brick.

The NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III game between Middletown South vs Colts Neck has been rescheduled to Monday at 2 p.m. but the location hasn’t been determined yet. Also, the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV game between Manalapan and Freehold Township will be played on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Manalapan Recreation Center.


RUMSON-FH 4, HOLMDEL 1: Clare Fitzgerald scored two goals to lead the top-seeded Bulldogs (18-2) to victory over the ninth-seeded Hornets (9-7) in a North Jersey 2, Group II quarterfinals game. Kate Dengler scored one goal and had two assists.

Senior captain Gianna Moglino scored the Hornets only goal in the 53rd minute. Goalkeeper Misha Nikoo made seven saves in the loss.

The NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group II games of Red Bank Catholic at Robbinsville and Long Branch at Manasquan were both rescheduled to today at 10 a.m.

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