NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Governor Livingston Girls Volleyball defeated rival New Providence in straight sets on Monday, September 9th. Despite falling to the Pioneers in a preseason scrimmage, GL dominated for most of the match, out scoring its neighboring school, 50-35.
The Pioneers got out to a six point lead as the first set progressed, but a serving run by junior Ashley Parker brought the Highlanders back in reach. Parker went on an 8 point serving run with three aces total. The defense on the side of the Highlanders helped to stop some of the Pioneers biggest hitters, as Gaja Wheeler, a strong Pioneers outside hitter, was only able to get three kills. Defensive specialists Sam Roenbeck and Katie Brokes made this possible with 8 collective digs.
Junior outside hitters Leah Dooley and Parker led the team to victory with their relentless swings. The two collectively shared 13 kills, with Dooley leading with 9. The kills were complemented by assists from both setters, junior Olivia Teska and senior Lauren Zyska, who had 17 assists total, 11 of them being Teska’s.
Beating New Providence was a great feat for the Highlanders as they had not been able to do so in previous years. The girls improve to 2-0, with a game on Tuesday at Kent Place.