BLOOMFIELD, NJ--The Bloomfield High girls' volleyball team has put together a solid season, so far, in 2019.
Led by head coach Louis Stevens, the Bengals were 8-10 through games of Oct. 7. The Bengals will be back in action on Oct. 9, when it plays host to Nutley, at 4 p.m. On Oct. 10, Bloomfield visits Caldwell, at 4 p.m. and on Oct. 14, it's off to Cedar Grove, also at 4 p.m.
Stevens traditionally schedules a very competitive out-of-conference slate, along with the usual Super Essex Conference battles. This year, the team is playing in the Liberty Division.
"The kids are playing well,' said Stevens. "We're not a very experienced varsity team this year, so playing a tough schedule can only help us. I think playing in the Liberty Division this season will help. We see some good teams there, and I can see improvement with each match."
Stevens noted his team splitting a pair of matches with Columbia, as the Bengals swept the Cougars the first time they met and Columbia returned the favor in the second match about two weeks later. The team also lost a 3-set match to a good team from Montclair Kimberley, and won matches against Mountain Lakes, Bayonne, Golda Och, Barringer, Cedar Grove and Belleville.
"I'd like to see us be a little more flexible on offense," said Stevens. "We've also brought up some kids from the JV team, and they're getting some good experience on the next level.
"We're blocking and serving pretty well, okay with pins and keeping the ball in play. Our defensive intensity could be a little better."
In Bloomfield's most recent win, against Belleville, on Oct. 3, the Bengals were led by Taylor Sconiers, who had 18 assists and four digs and Sheyenne Williams, who finished with six kills, four aces and a pair of digs.
Ciara Berutti also played well, with 11 digs and four aces.
Versus Cedar Grove on Oct. 2, the Bengals won in straight sets, with Sconiers (15 assists and 4 digs), Berutti (14 digs) and Williams (10 kills) pacing Bloomfield.
Lexi Corio had 11 assists in the team's most recent match, a 2-set loss to West Essex, on Oct. 7 while Sconiers had eight assists and Katie Bretz finished with seven kills, four digs and three aces.
Bloomfield will also prepare for the Essex County Tournament, which will be seeded this week.