Roundup: Marlboro rallies to spike Southern in volleyball

Roundup: Marlboro rallies to spike Southern in volleyball


Roundup: Marlboro rallies to spike Southern in volleyball


The Marlboro High School girls volleyball team dealt host Southern Regional a rare loss Wednesday.

The Mustangs rallied for a 2-1 nondivisional win over the Rams in the regular-season opener for both teams. Southern is 183-4 all-time against Shore Conference opponents.

“We talk about what we can do,” winning coach Margie McNamara said. “When we walk into a gym, we go into every match wanting to win and thinking we are going to win. We did not focus on them winning all of those games. We can’t do that. We just focus on our team.”

McNamara said her club entered the gym respecting the Rams.

“They have been around for a long time,” she said. “His (coach Eric Maxwell’s) girls work very hard in the offseason and you can tell. He does a good job.”

McNamara said four of her Mustangs–sophomore outside hitter-setter Grace Kenningham, junior libero Brianna Scotti, junior middle blocker Rebekka Wagner and junior outside hitter Michelle Buchbinder — play club ball.

“That makes a difference for a team,” McNamara said. “When they get on the court, they are comfortable. Granted, they are with different people, but they have embraced the game. My girls are getting serious.”

The Rams captured the first game, 25-11. Marlboro bounced back with 25-21 and 25-23 victories.

Marlboro sophomore setter Teresa Dinh handed out 30 assists and scrapped for four digs. Senior outside hitter Haley Unger added 12 kills, two blocks, five digs and two aces. Kenningham contributed two aces, 13 kills, four digs and two blocks.

“Our perseverance kept us in the match,” McNamara said. “In the first game, we were totally out of it. In the second and third games, it was point for point and a matter of fighting for each point. We persevered and played every single point until the end.”

McNamara said Unger and senior opposite-setter Sydney Tuman played key leadership roles.

“They were great team leaders,” McNamara said. “They kept the girls calm. That’s what you need.”

Kenningham and Haley came up big as servers.

“Grace’s serves were a key to our winning,” McNamara said. “She had a great float serve. We got some key points when she was serving. Haley was also a strong server. When we needed the points, they hit their serves. We capitalized on their serves. It was a dogfight, to be honest, and we just would not give up.”

For Southern, Alex Andriani handed out 24 assists. Marina Felmly added 22 digs. Emily Miglin contributed 13 kills.

TR NORTH 2, COLTS NECK 0: Sydney Binkley’s 14 assists and Danyelle Morales’ eight digs, two kills and two aces helped the host Mariners (1-0) past the Cougars (0-1) in nondivisional play.

Amanda Wrightson added four blocks and four kills. Samantha Panicali led the Cougars with four kills, two aces and 14 assists.

HOWELL 2, HOLMDEL O: Led by Rebecca Franey’s 10 assists, four kills and six digs, the visiting Rebels (1-0) topped the Hornets (0-1) in nondivisional action.

Tara Mircovich added 10 digs, two aces and two assists. Dominique Balsamo paced Holmdel with five assists. Lana Kandalaft added three kills.

Girls soccer

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 2, HOWELL 1: Nicole Whitley scored the game-winning goal 8:58 into overtime as the Patriots (1-1) rallied for the Class A North victory. The Rebels (0-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead via Jessica Vigna’s goal at 61:58 from a Maria Braiuca pass. The Patriots then scored two unanswered goals. First, Madison converted a Whitley pass into the game-tying goal at 67:76 and then Dunn returned the favor with a cross in the box as Whitley converted from the six-yard line.

FREEHOLD 5, MATAWAN 0: Sophomore forward Jenna Huskey had two goals and one assist, junior forward SarahGrace Johnson had one goal and two assists and sophomore midfielder Emma Smith and senior midfielder Dominique Bertolini each had one goal as the Colonials (2-0, 1-0) defeated the Huskies (0-1, 0-1) in a Class B North game. Junior goalie Meghan Hurler made four saves. Matawan freshman goalie Kacey Lamberston made 17 saves.

Boys soccer

MATAWAN 3, FREEHOLD 1: Alex Cella had a hat trick in the opening game of the season for the Huskies (1-0) leading them to a 3-1 win over the Colonials (0-2) in a Class B North game. Cella was assisted by Sam Labinger for all three goals in the first half.

LONG BRANCH 4, MANCHESTER 0: Senior Lucas Andrade netted two for the Green Wave (1-0) as they opened the season with a win, defeating the Hawks (0-1) 4-0 in a nondivisional game. Fabio De Sousa also had a goal and an assist for the Green Wave.

HOLMDEL 2, RARITAN 0: Gino D’Agostino scored in the 13th minute leading the Hornets (2-0, 1-0) over the Rockets (1-1, 0-1) in a Class A Central game. Brendan Wall also scored in the second half off a set piece.

Field hockey

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 5, ST. ROSE 1: Madison Maguire had three goals, two of them unassisted, and one assist as the Bulldogs (1-0) built a 5-0 lead against the Purple Roses (0-1) just 13 minutes into the second half. Emily Babeuf and Lauren Melita each added a goal and Abigael Donohue added an assist. St. Rose’s Kristin Case had an unassisted goal at 56:18.

MANASQUAN 2, HOWELL 0: Junior Johanna Keosseian picked up her first career varsity shutout and senior Paige Burkard scored at 8:46 and Mackenzie Grogan added a goal at 23:35 as the Warriors (1-0) defeated the Rebels (0-1) in a nondivisional game.

Girls tennis

MANASQUAN 5, FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 0: Abby Duddy started off her final season on point for the Warriors (1-0) leading them to a 5-0 win over the Patriots (0-1) in a nondivisional match. Brianne Lauria also picked up a win at second singles for the Warriors after she defeated Autumn Samuels 6-0, 6-1.

MANALAPAN 3, OCEAN 2: Keren Khromchenko clinched a point at first singles for the Braves (2-0) leading them to a 3-2 win over the Spartans (0-1) in a nondivsional match. Meghan Guida also secured a point at second singles outlasting Alana Barofsky 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

MARLBORO 3, RB CATHOLIC 2: Rachel Rosen and Elizabeth Einstein won the winning point of the match at first doubles leading the Mustangs (1-1) over the Caseys (1-1) in a nondivisional match. Rosen and Einstein defeated Eylee Earle and Kate Mazza in a marathon match 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (9).


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