The Nutley High girls' volleyball team improved its season record to 4-1 with a hard-fought three-set victory over East Orange Campus, on Sept. 17.
Head coach Jenna Rubino's team was scheduled to play at Payne Tech, in Newark, on Sept. 19 and will visit West Caldwell Tech, on Sept. 23.
Nutley opened the season with a loss in straight sets to West Essex, on Sept. 5, but have since rallied back to defeat Barringer, Orange and Golda Och, all in straight sets, before defeating East Orange Campus.
"Our team chemistry is awesome this year and that has really helped us win some games," said Rubino, herself a Nutley High alum. "Bella Swann and Julia Ciccone are our team captains, and they have been doing well in their leadership roles."
Swann and Ciccone are also Nutley's outside hitters.
"We actually have two starting sophomores, too, in Mia Geraghty, our setter and Jenna Garner is our middle hitter," the coach said. "Both girls have been contributing big time for us. Brianna Cruz is our only other senior, and she is our starting opposite hitter. She is an athlete and a great server.
"Sofia Caruso is our libero, and she has been making some great defensive plays for us this year. I'm really happy with how we have been playing so far. The team's chemistry is unlike anything I've seen, and that has helped us overcome some tough game situations."
The varsity roster consists of Swann, Cruz, Ciccone, Olivia Barylski, Jenna Garner, Geraghty, Lacie Tuosto, Jade Giron, Caruso, Naomi Franco and Samantha Daly,
In the win over Barringer, Geraghty had 11 service points and eight assists, Cruz finished with six service points and two digs and Cruz had six service points, two aces and a pair of digs.
Swann had 18 service points, five aces, three kills and two digs in the win over Orange and Garner had nine service points in the victory over Golda Och.
Versus East Orange Campus, the Raiders defeated a previously unbeaten team as Geraghty finished with 13 assists, Swann had eight service points and Cruz had five service points and five digs.