April 8, 2021 – By NJP
N1G3 is a dirty dozen and features the NJP #1 ranked team in Northern Highland. The Highlanders have been riding high since defeating Immaculate Heart on April Fool’s Day. One of the most lopsided seeds in comparison to the NJP ratings is in this group with #25 in the state Old Tappan getting the bottom #12 seed. OT lost a nail biter to Demarest in their first game and then observed a two week outage before beating Pascack Hills. They then lost to Pascack Valley and took Demarest to 3 sets before falling short. So despite their 1-3 record, they have played top competition despite only accumulating 36.5 power points. So it’s very tough luck for #13 Wayne Valley who would have expected a much easier first round opponent.
This group has 7 top 25 teams and 11 of 12 in the top 85. NJP has Wayne Valley at #2 in this grid despite the #5 seed. Tenafly is super strong as is Roxbury who has beaten everyone on their schedule expect Sparta. Morris Knolls seems to be fading a bit after dropping from the ranks of the undefeated. Pascack Valley is solid.
Wayne Valley clearly has the toughest road to the final facing Old Tappan and then possibly Pascack Valley and Northern Highlands. That seems insurmountable but Julianna Lavner and the Indians will be ready. Despite a #7 seed, Roxbury is a team to watch. We can see them making it to the final game if they play to their capability. Some really great round 1 and 2 match-ups here that should be very fun to watch.