Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Don't Sleep on These Two Smaller Programs

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Don't Sleep on These Two Smaller Programs

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Mary Help and Eastern Christian, members of the small-school NJIC, won their Passaic County girls volleyball tournament openers with victories over teams from the large-school Big North.

Mary Help won its first Passaic tourney match since 2009 with Saturday's 25-21, 26-24 victory over Passaic Tech. The Blue Jays (4- 7) scored the final 10 points of the match, with senior Danielle Parks serving the final nine points.

"It means a tremendous amount," said Shaila Camilo, coach of the all-girls school in North Haledon. "Our school is very small, so to beat a big school like Passaic Tech is pretty big." Eastern Christian rallied Saturday to defeat Eastside, 16-25, 25-17, 27-25. The Blue Eagles (4-8) received good performances from senior S Jayna Van Buiten, junior L Nicole Aoki, sophomore M Carina Castagna, and senior H Anita Karr.

"Winning a game like that helps us to understand how to play well under pressure," said first-year coach Steffanie Honore. "I think it helped the girls understand their potential when they work together."

TIGER TRIUMPHS: Tenafly (10-3) defeated Ridgewood for the first time in several years, 25-13, 21-25, 25-19, and topped Ramapo for the first time in at least 18 years, 20-25, 25-15, 26-24. Junior Noy Chorin, one of the program's rare club players, is leading the way, and she is supported by junior M Elle O'Brien, senior H Peyton Wagner, and junior S Anna Stein,

CUTTERS TRIM MISTAKES: Fair Lawn (9-2) bounced back from Wednesday's mistake-filled two-set loss to River Dell with Thursday's much cleaner three-set win over Clifton. Senior H/S Isabel Guide had 23 kills and five aces, senior S Gina Marota 33 assists, junior H Jenna Berry had a season-best effort with eight kills, three aces and 19 digs, and junior M Samantha Main had four of his six blocks in the third set.

PANTHER POWER: Glen Rock took a huge step toward winning the NJIC Colonial with last week's wins over Elmwood Park, Garfield and defending champ Rutherford. Thursday's win over second-place Rutherford, 18-25, 25-7, 25-20, featured 26 kills by senior H Meghan Donohue, 38 assists by junior S Killeen McDonald, and 14 digs and three aces by senior L Arissa Garda. …

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