Scotch Plains-Fanwood JV Girls Volleyball made school history on Saturday night, by appearing in their first ever UCIAC JV Final. While they didn’t win against #1 seeded Westfield. Coach Brock Hor believed that the season was a resounding success.
“At the beginning of the season, my brother asked me how my JV was. The only way I could describe them was 'rough',”,Coach Hor said. “I really didn’t know what to expect from the season. I kept looking for tools the players had, where to use them, and hoped for the best.”
The JV Raiders went off to tally a 14-3 regular season record, but a daunting task would be at hand when the UCIAC tournament began. The JV would have to play the entire tournament without two key players, that were ineligible due to their playing in the varsity tournament. But that didn’t stop the Raiders from getting through the first round against Roselle Catholic. That set up an epic quarterfinal match with Union Catholic, where the Raiders were pushed to the limit. They prevailed 25-19. 25-27, 28-26 and set up the semi-final match versus Elizabeth. Sticking together and playing smart, the Raiders would advance to their first ever UCIAC finals, 28-26, 25-17.
“Players rose to the challenge during tournament time. It was never one player that won games. There was always someone different every time. When one player flattered, one player picked them up.This sense of team got them to the programs very first County Final. The struggle to get where we did, from where we were, made this Final appearance unique.”
There the Raiders would have to face off against Westfield, which had beaten them in the two prior meetings. Westfield proved to be up to the challenge and would defeat the Raiders in the final. However, Coach Hor would not consider this a “loss.”
“There’s a reason why Westfield was the best JV in Union County. They have a lot of talent and are coached by an excellent coach. They expect to win," Coah Hor explained. "But for this team, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. When Westfield won, no one was sad they didn’t win. No one shed a tear. That says a lot of the character of the individuals on this team, how winning wasn’t as important as much as always being there for each other. The bus ride home was full of singing and rocking, with players enjoying the whole experience, and they created memories they will never forget."
The coach believes the team's post-game response was the true measure of how successful the season was.
"The Boys program had won back-to-back County Championships, but this appearance meant so much because of how much they grew and stuck together," Coach Hor said."Success is relative. I couldn’t be more proud of a team.”'
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