NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – The Bloomfield Bengals girls volleyball team improved to (6-4) Tuesday night after defeating the West Essex Knights in two sets.

Winning by the scores of 25-14 and 25-18, the Bengals were led by Melissa Marte who recorded 11 digs, eight kills, three aces and one assist.

“I was happy that we were able to come out and dominate the first set because we hadn’t really done that yet this year,” Head Coach Louis Stevens said in a post-game interview.

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Closing out the first set with a nine-point lead, Stevens decided to sub in some of the less experienced girls, something he hasn’t had a chance to do much this season.

“When I saw the score at the end of the first set, I knew that I could probably tinker with the lineup and get some kids in there who haven’t normally gotten a chance to play a lot this season,” the coach told TAPinto Bloomfield.

Kourtni Carty accumulated 14 assists, three digs and one ace, surpassing 500 career assists. Aicha Naouai gave the Bengals seven kills, five digs and one ace and another six digs and one ace came from Megan Alicea.

Stevens noticed that his team was doing a better job of getting to more balls and keeping more balls alive on Tuesday, a skill they have lacked this season.

“We have one or two girls who really hustle and try to get low to the ground, but as a team we haven’t really done that,” he said. “We saw a little bit more of that today, but we weren’t facing the best offensive team. We have to work more on the consistency of moving our feet, getting low, getting to the ball and playing it up high.”

The Bengals will head to Montclair High School Thursday to take on the (9-4) Mounties. The match will begin at 5:30 PM.