Mariners rally to remain unbeaten

Mariners rally to remain unbeaten


Mariners rally to remain unbeaten


The visiting Toms River North girls volleyball team, led by junior setter Sydney Binkley’s five kills and 21 assists, rallied for a 2-1 win over Toms River South in Shore Conference Class A South on Tuesday.

The Mariners (4-0, 3-0) bested the Indians 25-23 in the final game. South (3-2, 1-2) captured the opener 25-14. The Mariners prevailed 25-16 in the second game.

For North, freshman middle blocker Aubrey Binkley notched seven kills and two blocks. Senior middle Amanda Wrightson added nine kills and five blocks. Senior libero Danyelle Morales scrapped for 14 digs.

For South, senior outside hitter Andrea Eckholt notched nine kills and 10 digs. Senior defensive specialist Patricia Gantner added 12 digs. Senior middle blocker Emily Sweeny contributed seven kills and four digs.


CENTRAL 2, DONOVAN 1: The visiting Golden Eagles (3-0, 3-0) rallied for a win over the Griffins (3-3, 1-1) in Class B South.

The Golden Eagles won with a 26-24 victory over the Griffins in the third game. Central took the opener 26-24. Donovan captured the second game 16-25.

Danielle Myers paced Central with two blocks, five digs and four assists on the day. Katlyn Kuster added eight kills and three aces. Audra Didzbalis contributed five digs and three assists. Samantha Farrau added three kills and four digs.

Donovan’s Aime handed out 22 assists and added three digs. Paige Laurence contributed seven kills, seven aces, nine digs and two assists. Lauren Pace chipped in with six kills and four digs. Jess Sipili added five kills, three digs and two aces.

JACKSON LIBERTY 2, LACEY 0: Kelly Lynk and Adelle Hickman led the visiting Jackson Liberty Lions (3-1, 2-1) past the Lions (2-3, 1-3) in Class B South.

Lynk put up seven aces and 14 assists. Hickman added two aces and 15 digs. Abby Mooney led Lacey with four kills, two aces and six assists. Sarah Jakositz contributed 11 assists.

SOUTHERN 2, BRICK 0: Alex Andriana’s 11 assists and Marina Felmly’s seven digs paced the visiting Rams (6-5, 3-1) past the Green Dragons (0-7, 0-5) in Class A South.

Jennifer Ling propelled Brick with five kills, seven digs and three blocks. Nicole Vazquez added two kills, two blocks and two digs.



SJ VIANNEY 3, OCEAN 2: It was a case of history repeating in this bout between seventh-seeded St. John Vianney (4-1) and No. 10 Ocean (3-3), as advancement to the quarterfinals fell on the shoulders of Lancers senior Katie McAlick for the second season in a row.

In 2012 McAlick won a three-set epic lifting the Lancers to an upset of No. 7 Wall, and eventually leading to a quarterfinals victory over second-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven. On Tuesday, the decision didn’t take quite as long to come down as McAlick earned the match-winning point at second singles by scores of 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).

St. John Vianney sophomore Megan Giaimo captured a first singles point, while the Lancers’ first doubles pairing of freshen Gianna Mavica and Dana Stefany landed a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Ocean’s Jaqueline Morgan recorded a third singles victory by scores of 6-4 and 6-3 while the Spartans second doubles pairing of Karen Morgan and Phoebe Abramowitz clinched a point with a 6-2, 6-4 win.

FREEHOLD 4, MANALAPAN 1: Fresh off a Monmouth County Tournament (MCT) title, the sixth-seeded Colonials (7-0) continued their winning ways with a second round victory over the Braves (3-3), however, without the marquee matchup of Freehold’s Michaela Hlavata and Manalapan’s Keren Khromchenko in effect, as the players were not active in this match.

Instead, Anjali Prabhat, who reached the MCT second singles finals, and Alexi Yu, who earned the MCT third singles crown, clinched first and second singles points for the Colonials, respectively.

Freehold swept doubles play as the Colonials top team of Madison Conover and Renooka Karmarker, who advanced to the MCT quarterfinals, earned a 6-3, 6-2 victory, while the second pairing of Amanda Rocha and Peyton Conover captured a point with a 6-1, 6-2 win.

Manalapan senior Asavari Phanse was responsible for the Braves’ lone point with a 6-1, 6-2 third singles victory.

Freehold will travel to No. 3 Wall on Thursday.

WALL 5, SOUTHERN 0: Wall remained undefeated on Tuesday evening as the third-seeded Knights (7-0) advanced past the No. 14 Rams (4-3) with freshman phenom Sophie Graver, who entered the match off a trip to the MCT semifinals, recording a 6-0, 6-0 first singles victory and Artemis Tapliga and Toni Kauffman also clinching singles points.

Wall’s first doubles team of Amanda Harrold and Amy Lutick, as well as the Knights’ second doubles pairing of Sam Hulse and Sarah Harmer, helped preserve the shutout with victories of their own.

TR NORTH 3, RB CATHOLIC 2: Toms River North’s Jordan Vasarkovy, who reached the finals of the Ocean County Tournament (OCT) first singles bracket on Sunday, came back to win 7-5, 7-5 after dropping the opening set 2-6 to Red Bank Catholic’s Jenna Giordano as the ninth-seeded Mariners (5-1) landed a second round upset over the No. 8 Caseys (4-4).

Toms River’s Sarah Koerner also needed three sets to capture a point at second singles with a 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 victory, while Brinda Shali and Brianna Piccinich earned a point in three sets at first doubles with a 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2 win.

The Caseys’ Colette Gilbert, who reached the finals of the MCT third singles bracket on Sunday, recorded a 6-0, 6-3 victory, while Alana DiLeo and Giana Iannacone did the same in the second doubles slot.

On Thursday, the Mariners travel to No. 1 Holmdel for a quarter-finals meeting.

HOLMDEL 5, RARITAN 0: Coming off victories over Moorestown and Westfield and a trip to the finals against Haddonfield at this past weekend’s Moorestown Classic, the top-seeded Hornets (8-1) moved past the No. 16 Rockets (3-4).

Alicia Lai, Sarah Yan, and Lucy Wang all captured singles points for Holmdel, while the first team of Nandini Krishnaswamy and Stephanie Pugh, as well as the second pairing of Angela Tu and Tiffany Chen helped close out doubles competition to ensure the shutout.


FREEHOLD 3, NEPTUNE 0: Allyson McNamee had one goal and one assist, Nicolette VanDuysen and Hayley Rice each contributed a goal as the Colonials (6-0, 4-0) defeated the Scarlet Fliers (0-6-1, 0-3) in a Class B North game.


POINT BORO 2, PINELANDS 1: Mackenzie Gallie scored two goals including the game-winning goal at 18:48 as the Panthers (4-1, 3-1) defeated the Wildcats (3-1, 3-1) in a Class B South game. Pinelands Elisha Hartman scored at 34:48. Point Boro’s Holly Caldes made 12 saves and Pinelands Monica Mahon made 4 saves.


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