GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- The Glen Ridge High girls' tennis team has been playing well of late. The Ridgers won three straight matches, from Oct. 1-Oct. 4 and were 6-10 overall, through matches of Oct. 10. The team made an impressive run in the state sectional tournament, as well .
The Ridgers defeated Nutley, 5-0, on Oct. 1, as Michaila Dowd, Haleigh Pine and Campbell Moriarty all won in straight sets from first to third singles, respectively.
The first doubles team of Macy Eaton and Erin Hirsch and the second doubles of Charlotte Keany and Jamie Newman also prevailed in straight sets to secure a Glen Ridge victory.
That same lineup excelled in the first round of the North 2, Group 1 state sectional tournament, as Glen Ridge advanced with a 5-0 victory against Weehawken. All the Ridgers prevailed in straight sets
The victory over Weehawken moved GR into the sectional quarterfinals, where the team won a thrilling match against Rutherford, 3-2, to advance to the semifinals. Newman won her match, in straight sets, at third singles and both doubles teams of Eaton and Hirsch and Keany and Mia Ehatamm won in straight sets to help the team move on.
In the sectional semifinal, on Oct. .10, the Ridgers were defeated by top-seeded Leonia, 4-1. Leonia improved to 17-0 on the season with the win, but the Ridgers played well, with the second doubles team of Newman and Keany prevailing, 6-4, 6-4.
The Ridgers were scheduled to play Montclair, on Oct. 11.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Ridgers will play in the Essex County Tournament semifinals, on Oct. 11, after defeating Livingston, 5-0, in the quarterfinals, on Oct. 4. Glen Ridge will take on Montclair, at 11 a.m., at Watchung Field, in Montclair.
In other GR field hockey games last week, Gretchen Gilmore recorded a hat trick (3 goals) to lead the Ridgers past Union, 4-1, on Oct 10. It was the team's seventh win in its last 10 games and improved the season record to 9-5 heading into the county semifinal. Grace O'Keefe had a goal and Julia Hegarty added an assist for Glen Ridge.
In a 6-0 victory over Cranford on Sept. 26, Gilmore continued her outstanding season with another hat trick while Sarah Looney scored twice and Abby Carlucci had one goal. Glen Ridge goalie Anna Landi did a good job in the cage for the shutout.
The team's two losses of late came against state powers Oak Knoll, currently the No. 1 team in New Jersey, as well as West Essex, which has been ranked as high as third in the state.
Glen Ridge will play at Mount St. Dominic, on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., and will travel to Clark, to play A.L. Johnson, on Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.
FOOTBALL: The Ridgers won a big game on Oct. 5, rallying from a 2-touchdown deficit to defeat Newark Collegiate, 27-13. Glen Ridge took a 2-3 record into a home game, against Hoboken, on Oct. 12, starting at 1 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER: Olivia Hoover scored the game's only goal, off an assist by Evie Faucett, and the Ridgers advanced in the Essex County Tournament, defeating Montclair Kimberley, 1-0.
It was the sixth straight win for Glen Ridge, which started the season at 1-6. The winning streak included victories over Roselle Park, Caldwell, Hudson Catholic, Columbia, St. Dominic and MKA.
The now 7-6 Ridgers will take on an outstanding Montclair team, in a county tournament game, on Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. in Montclair.
On Oct. 14, the team visits Cedar Grove, at 4 p.m.