Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cutters Glad to Have Guide

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cutters Glad to Have Guide

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Junior hitter Isabel Guide's return from an opening-week concussion has strengthened Fair Lawn.

The Cutters have a 16-4 record and an eight-game winning streak following Monday's sweep over Ridgefield Park and Union City, and Guide's all-around play has been pivotal.

"She's given us a legitimate second hitting threat," said coach Peter Zisa, whose team is No. 11 in The Record Top 15, "as well as assisting with her excellent serving."

"It's kind of depressing to be out for that long, and sometimes when you're losing to not be able to do anything about it," said Guide, who plays all around and also sets from the back row. "But it feels really good to be back because you get to contribute, and when you win, you know you're a part of it."

Guide, who has 29 aces during the winning run, complements senior hitter Alona Kornberg, who has 74 kills during the eight-game win streak that featured an avenging sweep over Big North Independence Division rival Wayne Valley. Senior libero Kristine Javier's defense has keyed the attack.

PANTHERS LOOK UP: Group 1 Glen Rock (10-4) gained valuable experience Saturday battling state powers Paramus and Williamstown. Despite two losses, the Panthers received good performances from junior hitter Meghan Donohue, sophomore setter Killeen McDonald, senior libero Courtney Schmitt, and senior hitter Mikaela Waller.

"I want our girls to play at a higher level," said coach Matt Kingsley, whose Panthers extended Paramus to three sets. "We want to raise the expectations of our program ... that we can play a Group 3 and a Group 4 school."

CLIMBING CRUSADERS: Elmwood Park (8-4) is on pace to produce one of its best seasons in years. Two juniors, hitter Victoria Stec and setter Juliana Romero, have led the Crusaders to a four-game win streak. Stec leads the team in kills with 212 and Romero in assists with 229.

PATRIOT PRIDE: Secaucus rallied to win Sunday's Silver Bracket at the Garden State Challenge at Fairleigh Dickinson after a subpar Saturday. …

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