Wall through to SCT semifinals in girls volleyball

Wall through to SCT semifinals in girls volleyball


Wall through to SCT semifinals in girls volleyball


The opening and quarterfinal rounds of the Shore Conference Girls Volleyball Tournament played out on Thursday with the top-seeded Wall Knights receiving an opening-round bye before defeating No. 9 seed Toms River South, 2-0.

Wall’s (17-2) Jessica Stansfield led the way with seven kills and two digs, while Veronica Portelli followed up with five kills and a pair of digs, and Anna Litowinsky filled up the score sheet with four kills, two blocks, and two aces.

The Knights’ Taylor Mitchell distributed 16 assists to pair with her two kills as Wall recorded game scores of 25-17, 25-22.

Toms River South’s Emily Sweeney recorded 12 kills and two digs, while the Indians’ Sam Allen dealt out 11 assists to go along with her seven digs for the Indians (12-6)

With the win Wall will advances to the semifinals, which are slated for Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. on the campus of Georgian Court University.


JACKSON MEM. 2, MARLBORO 0: Brianna Roth led the way for Jackson Memorial with 10 kills and 12 digs, while Gianna Perez dealt out 23 assists as the seventh-seeded Jaguars (15-4) earned the upset of the No. 2 seeded Mustangs in this quarterfinal meeting.

RB CATHOLIC 2, TR NORTH 0: Sara Benjamin was the backbone of Red Bank Catholic’s attack, distributing 21 assists to go along with four digs, two blocks, and two aces as the fourth-seeded Caseys (18-2) marched past the No. 5 seed Mariners (12-7) in the quarterfinals.

Red Bank Catholic’s Tara Rempel collected nine kills, to add to her five digs and two aces, while Mary Yachnik contributed seven kills and seven digs.

SOUTHERN 2, SJ VIANNEY 1: Carly DellValle led Southern with 13 assists and 12 digs as the third-seeded Rams (22-7) advanced past the No. 6 seed Lancers (15-4) in this quarterfinal meeting.


MON. DONOVAN 3, RB CATHOLIC 2 (OT): Monsignor Donovan’s Mike Dalton netted the game-winning-goal in the 86th minute of overtime to help lift the 14th-seeded Griffins (12-2-2) over the No. 19 Caseys (12-2-2) in this opening- round match.

The Griffins’ Jake Maxwell scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals in the second half of this meeting, answering an opening marker by Red Bank Catholic’s Patrick Meehan.

The Caseys’ Chris Cesario tied the game in the 71st minute to send it into overtime.

LACEY 2, SHORE 1: Successive second-half goals by Lacey’s Robert Biele and Hunter Dorsey allowed the 10th-seeded Lions to edge the No. 23 Blue Devils in this preliminary round meeting.

FREEHOLD TWP. 2, ASBURY PARK 0: Freehold Township’s Kyle Czajkowksi and Andrew DiBella each scored a goal off an assist by Nick Fasano as the eighth-seeded Patriots topped the Bishops 25th-seeded in this preliminary-round matchup.

WALL 3, CENTRAL 1: Brendan Barcas scored the go ahead goal in the 29th minute leading the 11th-seeded Crimson Knights over the 22nd-seeded Golden Eagles. Jack Aylett also scored in the 58th minute for the Crimson Knights giving them their third goal of the game.

RARITAN 2, MATAWAN 1: Cassidy Tripolitis scored the first goal of the game leading the 16th-seeded Rockets over the 17th-seeded Huskies. Tripolitis scored off an assist from Patrick Giggins in the 11th minute.

COLTS NECK 4, JACKSON LIBERTY 0: Jason Tonelli had a goal and an assist leading the ninth-seeded Cougars over the 24th-seeded Lions. Tonelli scored in the 12th minute off an assist from Michael Jelinsky, and assisted a goal in the 26th minute.


CENTRAL 5, MON. DONOVAN 0: Central’s Amanda Carolan recorded the natural hat trick, opening the game’s scoring with three consecutive goals in an eight-minute span (10:02, 15:43, 17:30) helping lift the 13th-seeded Golden Eagles (12-1) over the No. 20 seed Griffins (7-8) in this preliminary-round matchup.

Central’s Erin Trapp recorded a goal and assisted on Carolan’s third, while Lindsey Mahnken turned away 17 shots to earn the shutout.


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