Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Girls Volleyball: Coach of the Year: Dianne Furusawa, River Dell

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Girls Volleyball: Coach of the Year: Dianne Furusawa, River Dell

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Dianne Furusawa, River Dell

River Dell soared to new heights this season under longtime coach Dianne Furusawa.

The Golden Hawks won back-to-back state girls volleyball titles, in Group 2, for the first time in program history and set a record for single-season victories with their 26-2 mark.

"With all the changes in lineups, because of who was in and who was out, there was always somebody who stepped up for a particular match and got it done," said Furusawa, The Record Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year.

River Dell's strength was a balanced lineup in which eight core players could handle multiple positions. Thus, if a Golden Hawk suffered a concussion, back or ankle injury, a teammate could fill the void.

River Dell's forte was a defense that forced long rallies, and its only losses were to the state's top two teams, Immaculate Heart in the Bergen tournament semifinals and unbeaten NV/Old Tappan in the Tournament of Champions semifinals. …

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