SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta High School Varsity girls volleyball team hosted Raritan High School in the NJSIAA Group 2 first round playoff game. Fourth-seed Sparta dominated 29-seed Raritan, winning the in two games; 25-13 and 25-16.
The Spartans had a height advantage going into the match and MacKenzie Wiggins took full advantage of the mismatch. Wiggins, a Junior outside-hitter, tallied a team-high 17 kills, including front and back-row attacks. Wiggins also helped the cause with 9 digs, tying Autumn Nady for a team-high for the Spartans.
Senior Brooke Serovich has been getting the lion's share of the opportunities to set up her teammates at the setter position. Serovich tallied 19 assists, while setter Morgan Saulys added 7 assists of her own.
A service run late in the second set by Senior Kate Esso helped put Sparta safely in the driver's seat, as they cruised to a victory.
One thing that the Spartans will definitely have to clean up is their passing. Serve-receive has been pretty solid for most of the season, but it was evident that Sparta needs to make crisper passes, which will give their setter better balls to put up for their free-swinging hitters.
Sparta will host 13-seed Fort Lee at 4 p.m. on November 7 in the second round of the NJSIAA Group 2 tournament, for a chance to host 28-seed Governor Livingston or 12-seed Jefferson.