VERONA, NJ - The Verona Girls Volleyball Team utilized the calm composure that helped them to a State Championship last year en route to defeating West Orange 2-0 to win their fifth consecutive game.

“This has been a very big upswing…I think the energy that we’re bringing on the court from the bench is helping us succeed so much and it’s a great dynamic,” said Head Coach Sherilyn Ferrari.

The key moment in the match came in the second game as West Orange got out to a 10-7 lead, their largest for the contest. The Hillbilly squad proceeded to course correct and remain positive embarking on a 11-2 scoring run with key performances from Hunter Coppola, Brooke Cooney, Nicolette Marino and Daniela Trujillo.

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“We all like to stay calm when we play.  We don’t like to get too nervous or anything because it really does get into our heads and affects the way we play so we all just pick each other up when we’re playing down,” said Cooney.

Ultimately Verona was able to close out the second game with a 25-18 victory. The Hillbillies finished game two with Coppola and Cooney each notching a team high four kills as Trujillo added a pair of kills and an ace as well.

“We realized that our outside [hitter]’s were hitting into the blocks and we couldn’t get around the blocks so we had to start shaking up our defense and we started setting middle a little bit better and I think that really helped us,” said Ferrari.

Game one was a fairly dominant affair for Verona as the girls came out ready to play.   Six consecutive points sparked an early run that began to doom the Mountaineers and set a tone for the contest.  Cooney collected three of her seven kills on the night in the first frame to give her 26 in her last three contests.

“It’s been hard work at practice and the team behind me really helps with [kills], every kill doesn’t happen without a pass so I have them to thank for it,” said Cooney.

Prior to the game the Verona squad came together to express support for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Later this month some of the team members will participate in the second annual “Walk Out Of The Dark” for suicide prevention whose current goal is to raise awareness and funds for new research and programs to aide in the support for mental health.

Verona is now 8-2 on the season and winners of their last five games. The squad will look to continue their win streak with a game against Livingston on Wednesday.

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