CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove girls volleyball team is riding high after a 2-0 victory on ‘Senior Night’ over Irvington.

    “It’s great that everyone is staying together, and we won, it’s great to win on Senior Night,” said senior Emily Lynch.

    Wednesday’s win over Irvington gives the squad their third victory in a row.

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    “Right now we’re playing really well.  The girls have picked it up on what we’re trying to do,” said Head Coach Jessica Schomaker. 

    Cedar Grove was tested in the opening game by Irvington who tried to upset the Panthers in front of a large crowd. The turning point for Cedar Grove would happen when sophomore Jenna Vega took the serve for the group. Vega collected nine consecutive service points to help the team to a commanding lead. Vega finished the contest with five aces and three kills. 

    “[Vega] is a sophomore who serves and hit very well for us, and she played great tonight,” said Schomaker.

    Also instrumental in the team’s first game’s 25-19 win was Molly Bauer who notched 6 kills in that frame. The junior finished the game with a team high eight kills on the evening.

    “[Bauer] is very aggressive, we know that, and she really stepped up for us in that moment…she was really hitting her spots and did a good job,” said Schomaker.

    The Panthers road their momentum into the second game to dominate with a 25-6 win. The team’s offense was sparked by senior Emily Lynch who facilitated the attack with over a dozen assists and also produced seven consecutive service points at one point in time.

    “I think we were really communicating a lot together.  Everyone was on the same page with hitting, getting the balls up, everyone was really working together that game,” said Lynch.

    The Panthers are now 8-12 on the season as they look to make a bid for postseason play. Every win counts with the State Playoff cutoff coming shortly. The Panthers will look to further their cause with games the next two days against Hasbrouck Heights and Livingston.

    “We have to stay focused, it’s hard because tomorrow will be our third game in a row without a practice.  We just have to keep our focus…we’re playing Hasbrouck Heights and we’re trying to get in the State Tournament, and they know how important this is,” said Schomaker. 

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