No. 1 Nv/old Tappan Seizes Title from Iha

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No. 1 Nv/old Tappan Seizes Title from Iha


Mattura, Greg, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


OLD TAPPAN - NV/Old Tappan was all business Sunday, and its business was winning the Bergen County girls volleyball title.

The Golden Knights displayed nary a smile and kept the social banter on hold until after completing their 25-23, 25-19 victory over two-time defending champion Immaculate Heart in the 41st annual final.

"We had a more serious, focused, determined kind of vibe on the court today," NV/Old Tappan senior hitter Natalie Alechko said, "but it was still fun."

If the unbeaten Golden Knights carry this vibe throughout the state tournament, it should carry them to the Group 3 title, and perhaps a showdown in the Tournament of Champions final against IHA - the four-time defending champ.

Top-seeded NV/Old Tappan (19-0) swept Immaculate Heart (29-6) for the second time this season, thanks to a razor-sharp focus that was, at times, missing in previous tournament victories over Northern Highlands and Bogota.

The Golden Knights' chatter was focused on all-important communication as they won the first set by scoring the final five points, then finished off the second set with an 11-3 spurt.

"We learned our lesson against Bogota and Northern Highlands, because when we joke, the other team always comes back," Golden Knights senior setter Kelly Brogan said. "We didn't let that happen and we just kept fighting."

NV/Old Tappan was outstanding in almost every facet. Brogan spread the ball and had 24 assists. The 5-foot-10 Alechko never jumped higher and had a match-high 15 kills. The two middles, senior Kirsten Kaiser and sophomore Julia Passante, repeatedly had hands in the face of IHA hitters. …

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