NUTLEY, NJ-- It's been a good season for the Nutley High girls' volleyball team, which improved to 13-2 following a win over Payne Tech, on Oct. 10, in Nutley.
Coach Jenna Rubino's team will host Barringer, in an Essex County Tournament game, on Oct. 15, starting at 4 p.m. On Oct. 16, the Raiders visit Shabazz High, at 4 p.m. and on Oct. 18, it's off to Belleville for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
Nutley won its seventh straight game over Payne Tech and maintained its lead in the Super Essex Conference's Colonial Division. Rubino has been pleased with the team's performance and cohesiveness. Nutley also had a big win at Bloomfield, in three sets, on Oct. 9.
"The Bloomfield game was a huge win for us because they are in the division above us," said Rubino. "I tell the girls everyday that if they believe in themselves, then they could do anything and I really think that has helped us win some tough games. These girls fight so hard during every game, and even if they lose a set, they are able to come back and win in three sets."
Nutley's only setbacks this season came against West Essex, in the season opener and on Sept. 25, in three sets, to Wallington.
The Raiders have a young base.
"We also have a young team, with two sophomores starting, in Jenna Garner and Mia Geraghty," said Rubino. "It has been so awesome to watch them grow this year."
Bella Swan, Nutley's senior captain, has also excelled.
"Bella has been an important player for us, and is an amazing spot server," said Rubino. "She is great at getting us points when we need them both. Ultimately, our team has been doing so well, because they all get along so well with one another, and there is nothing more important when it comes to the sport of volleyball. I am so proud of all of their accomplishments this season, and I can't wait to see how they do during the county and state tournaments."
Geraghty had a good game against Bloomfield, with 14 assists and two kills, Julia Ciccone had nine digs, eight kills and five service points and Garner finished with four kills, four service points, three digs, two blocks and two aces.
FOOTBALL: The Raiders took a 2-3 record into a game at West Essex, on Oct. 11. Nutley has not fared well against the Knights, having lost its last seven games, dating back to 2009. There was also one playoff setback included in that mark in 2015. The Raiders did defeat West Essex en route to a state championship in 1992.
Nutley will return home to play Lincoln High on Oct. 19 and Snyder, on Oct. 26, before concluding the regular season on Nov. 1, at Caldwell.
BOYS SOCCER: The Raiders are having a good season, with a 9-5 record through games of Oct. 10. The team was eliminated from the Essex County Tournament after losing to Caldwell, 3-0, on Oct. 10.
On Oct 18, the team visits Livingston at 4 p.m. and on Oct. 23, it's off to Bloomfield for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Nutley's team captains in 2019 are Nick Kirby, a midfielder and J.P. Maruri, a defenseman.
In a 3-1 win over Barringer on Oct. 8, Kirby, Jakob Schmitt and Antonio Lampon scored goals for the Raiders and Nutley goalies Cameron Schilp and Sebastian Lembo both played well, with seven and six saves respectively.
Dean Polewka, Ricky Flores, Joe Cook and Lampon scored goals in a 4-1 win by Nutley over North Star Academy, on Oct. 7 and on Oct. 4, the Raiders blanked West Essex, 3-0, as Charles Contini, Kirby and Stalin Rivera scored.