SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The top seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls varsity volleyball team swept 4th seed Colts Neck 25-14, 25-14 to advance to the NJ Group 3 Sectional Finals. This marks the first time in school history the Raiders have advanced this deep into the NJ State Tournament.
"They’ve been battle tested and come out stronger. They’ve pushed themselves and grown, both as volleyball players and athletes," an elated Coach Adrienne Stack told TAPintoSPF. "Whether it be earning a high seed in counties, playing their way to their first Union County finals in school history, or earning their way to the state sectional finals for the first time, I’ve been proud of these girls all season."
The dynamic duo of seniors, Adelina Berisha
and Kaelie Chung
, once again delivered. Berisha accumulated 9 kills with 10 digs, 3 service points won and 2 aces. Chung accounted for 25 assists, 5 service points won and 2 digs.
Fellow seniors, Lindsey Bartley, Maddie Yessman, and Kyra Antonello all produced solid efforts. Bartley contributed 3 digs with 5 service points won, Yessman had 6 kills and Antonello had 4 kills with 4 blocks.
Junior Alyssa Glickstein
, led the team in service points won for the second consecutive match with 7, opening the match with an ace. Tori Cirillo
, also a junior, had 5 digs in addition to 3 service points.
Sophomore Abby Balagot had 4 kills, 5 service points won and 2 aces. Megan Kinard added 3 kills as well.
"With every game they played this year, they fought and competed to earn their position," Coach Stack said. "I am so proud of them."
Coach Stack's squad is now 11-4 on the season, and 9-1 in their past 10 contests. The finals will take place Monday, April 19 vs. 2nd seeded Colonia.