Wall clinches at least share of A North

Wall clinches at least share of A North

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Wall clinches at least share of A North

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At 14-1 overall, including 10-0 in Shore Conference Class A North, the Crimson Knights of Wall have established themselves as a pretty good girls volleyball team.

On Tuesday, the Crimson Knights became a championship team, downing Colts Neck, 2-0, to win at least a share of the title.

“We could be a very special team,” third-year coach Jared Musolf said.

Indeed.

A win over Red Bank on Thursday would would give Wall, now in its fifth season, outright possession of its first divisional title in school history.

“Our girls have very strong team chemistry,” said Musolf, whose team shared the championship with Marlboro last season. “The girls play as a team. They have come together. They want it.”

“We have good team chemistry,” senior setter Shannon Ward said. “The seniors have played together for four years.”

Senior setter Alyssa Stansfield said the team stays together during the toughest of times.

“When someone misses a point, we pat each other on the back and say, ‘We’ll get the next one,’ ” she said. “We work together as a team.”

The Crimson Knights slipped past the Cougars (9-9, 4-5) by a 25-23 score in the first game. Wall ruled the second game, 25-13, scoring its final point on a Stansfield kill.

“In the first game,” Musolf said, “we came out slow. We did not set our feet. In the second game, we adjusted and followed through on our passes. We got on a run with serves and it helped us.”

The Crimson Knights erupted for nine straight points in the second game. Senior outside hitter Olivia Hayes keyed the spree with eight points. She closed the spree with three straight aces, sending the winners in front, 19-7.

Hayes ignited the avalanche with a kill. She followed with a service point, an ace, a kill and another ace. Stansfield added a kill before Hayes closed the run.

“All I know is I try for the points so that I can help the team out,” Hayes said. “I used my jump float serve. I have worked hard on it since my sophomore year. I started using it during my junior year.

“We definitely picked it up during the second game. We did what we could and came out and slammed the ball.”

Hayes’ dominant play did not escape the eyes of Stansfield.

“That definitely helped us,” she said. “When you have a server like Olivia, it helps your game and makes it easier to win.”

“She (Hayes) does that a lot,” Ward said. “That helps us win, especially when we are down. When she gets going, she gets 10 to 15 points in a row.”

Hayes finished with five aces, five digs and eight kills. Stansfield added two aces, five assists and three kills. Ward contributed two aces, two digs and seven assists.

Wall freshman outside hitter-defensive specialist Katie Mitchell put up two aces. Wall senior defensive specialist Samantha Plewa added two aces and eight digs.

“Our girls played well,” Musolf said. “We were a little down in the first game. We stayed together and won together, which I am proud of.”

Junior setter Samantha Panicali led Colts Neck with three aces, three digs, six assists and two kills. Senior outside hitter Angela Zeck added four aces, five digs and two kills and senior defensive specialist Jackie Clarke contributed four aces and four digs.

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