September 26, 2021 – By Josh Wilets

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Some great matchups took place last week, as teams in the NJAC started to figure out their identity!

First, some stat leaders:

Kills:

1.       Mackenzie Rock (109) – Jefferson

2.       Lea Mackey (102) – Morris Knolls

3.       Sofia Fernandez (79) – Montville

4.       Vic Latino (73) – Roxbury

5.       Brynn McCurry (61) – Sparta

Blocks:

1.       Emily Smernoff (23) – Sparta

2.       Amethyst Garcia (15) – Mount Olive

3.       Katrina Shomakia (15) – Morristown

4.       Amanda Castillo (11) – Mountain Lakes

5.       Maddie Knaack (11) – Morris Knolls

Digs:

1.       Abigail Adams (168) – Morris Tech

2.       Mackenzie Rock (86) – Jefferson

3.       Maggie Gesek (85) – Jefferson

4.       Maya Frommelt (84) – Morris Knolls

5.       Jolie Parisi (81) – Morris Knolls

6.       Brynn McCurry (81) – Sparta

7.       Haley Maher (81) – Sparta

Assists:

1.       Arianna Puleo (121) – Sparta

2.       Emily Carcich (173) – Jefferson

3.       Lorie Horta (154) – Roxbury

4.       April Faber (153) – Morris Knolls

5.       Michaela Voit (124) – Montville

Aces:

1.       Moira Durkin (26) – Randolph

2.       Brooke Atkins (26) – Morristown

3.       Carly Young (25) – Morris Tech

4.       Alexa Kozimor (24) – Hackettstown

5.       Christie Smith (23) – Morris Tech

Players in NJ PowerRanking Top 25 of their Class (for volleyball rankings)

Freshman:

Aralyn Saulys – No. 1 – Sparta

Gwen Atkins – No. 8 – Morristown

Hailey Atkins – No. 15 – Morristown

Sophomore:

Maggie Gesek – No. 8 – Jefferson

Lindsey Millis – No. 13 – Kinnelon

Tayla O’Connor – No. 18 – Roxbury

Haley Maher – No. 21 – Sparta

Payton Simpson – No. 25 – Sparta

Junior:

Brynn McCurry – No. 9 – Sparta

Arianna Puleo – No. 14 – Sparta

Maya Frommelt – No. 16 – Morris Knolls

Ava Novello – No. 19 – West Morris Central

Senior:

Lea Mackey – No. 2 – Morris Knolls

Mackenzie Rock – No. 4 – Jefferson

Abigail Adams – No. 6 – Morris Tech

Emily Carcich – No. 8 – Jefferson

Sofia Fernandez – No. 21 – Montville

This week’s game results (see below)

Mon, 9/20

No. 6 Roxbury def. Montville 2-1 (26-28, 25-10, 25-23)

·       Roxbury

o   Vic Latino: 14 kills, 9 digs

·       Montville

o   Sofia Fernandez: 17 kills, 15 digs

o   Michela Voit: 30 assists, 12 digs

No. 12 Mendham def. Morris Knolls 2-0 (25-16, 25-19)

·       Morris Knolls

o   Lea Mackey: 11 kills, 11 digs

Morris Hills def. Pope John 2-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-21)

Madison def. Warren Hills 2-0 (25-20, 25-22)

·       Madison

o   Katelyn Williams: 8 kills, 10 digs

Kinnelon def. Villa Walsh 2-0 (25-11, 25-19)

·       Kinnelon – 11 aces as a team, including 4 from each of Sophie Pogodin and Alexa Leitao

High Point def. Dover 2-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-8)

Randolph def. Hanover Park 2-0 (25-18, 25-21)

Morris Catholic def. Paterson Charter 2-0 (25-16, 25-13)

No. 4 Sparta def. Mountain Lakes 2-0 (25-10, 25-14)

Ridge def. West Morris Central 2-0 (25-20, 26-24)

·       West Morris Central

o   Ava Novello: 7 kills, 13 digs

Jefferson def. Whippany Park 2-0 (25-11, 25-15)

Tues, 9/21

West Morris Central def. Morris Knolls 2-1 (25-18, 22-25, 27-25)

·       West Morris Central

o   Ava Novello: 13 kills, 13 digs, 3 aces

o   Kaitlyn McNally: 13 assists, 12 digs, 1 ace

·       Morris Knolls

o   Lea Mackey: 25 kills, 16 digs, 1 ace

o   April Faber: 29 assists, 10 digs, 2 aces

o   Jolie Parisi and Maya Frommelt: 24 digs each

Morris Hills def. Hackettstown 2-1 (20-25, 25-12, 25-23)

·       Morris Hills

o   Ryan Grow: 11 assists, 11 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace

Mount Olive def. Morristown 2-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-22)

·       Morristown

o   Brooke Atkins: 15 kills, 4 blocks, 10 digs, 1 assist, 3 aces

o   Atkins sisters: 22 kills, 5 blocks, 26 digs, 16 assists, 5 aces

Villa Walsh def. Gill St. Bernard’s 2-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-18)

Wed, 9/22

Chatham def. Parsippany Hills 2-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-21)

St. Elizabeth def. Pequannock 2-1 (15-25, 25-13, 25-21)

Morris Catholic def. Parsippany 2-0 (25-19, 25-22)

Morris Knolls def. Randolph 2-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-12)

Jefferson def. Vernon 2-0 (25-18, 25-23)

Madison def. Dover 2-0 (25-13, 25-11)

·       Madison

o   Sydney Bruns: 12 assists, 9 aces, 1 kill

Kinnelon def. Hanover Park 2-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-22)

·       Kinnelon

o   Lindsey Millis: 9 kills, 8 digs, 5 aces

Montville def. Morristown 2-1 (16-25, 25-23, 25-22)

Morris Tech def. Hackettstown 2-0 (25-23, 25-17)

West Morris Central def. Mount Olive 2-1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-15)

Mountain Lakes def. Whippany Park 2-0 (25-14, 25-18)

No. 4 Sparta def. Pope John 2-0 (25-9, 25-10)

Villa Walsh def. Morristown-Beard 2-0 (25-13, 25-21)

No. 6 Roxbury def. No. 12 Mendham 2-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-22)

·       Roxbury

o   Vic Latino: 16 kills, 6 digs

o   3 players with double digits in digs (Isabella Chan-16, Maia McNeil-14, Tayla O’Connor-11)

Thurs, 9/23

Kinnelon def. Dover 2-0 (25-11, 25-16)

Fri, 9/24

No. 12 Mendham def. Pope John 2-0 (25-15, 25-12)

Montville def. Morris Hills 2-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-21)

·       Montville

o   Sofia Fernandez: 8 kills, 16 digs, 4 aces

o   3 players with double digits in digs (Sofia Fernandez-16, Ellie Rothenbuhler-12, Michela Voit-11)

St. Elizabeth def. Morristown-Beard 2-0 (25-19, 25-23)

Chatham def. Morris Knolls 2-0 (25-21, 25-19)

Madison def. Parsippany 2-0 (25-20, 25-17)

Jefferson def. High Point 2-0 (25-9, 25-13)

Parsippany Hills def. Randolph 2-0 (25-19, 25-19)

Phillipsburg def. Hackettstown 2-0 (25-22, 25-15)

No. 6 Roxbury def. West Morris Central 2-0 (25-8, 25-18)

·       Roxbury

o   13 aces as a team

No. 4 Sparta def. Mount Olive 2-0 (25-20, 25-15)

·       Sparta

o   Arianna Puleo: 14 assists, 10 digs, 2 kills 2 aces

o   Brynn McCurry: 12 kills, 8 digs, 1 assist

Villa Walsh def. Whippany Park 2-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-7)

·       Villa Walsh

o   Sheridan Caughey: 12 kills, 5 blocks, 10 digs, 2 aces

Morris Tech def. Vernon 2-0 (25-23, 25-5)

Sat, 9/25

Jefferson def. South Plainfield 2-0 (25-6, 25-11)

·       Jefferson

o   Mackenzie Rock: 11 kills, 13 digs, 2 assists

o   Emily Carcich: 20 assists, 7 aces, 3 kills, 4 digs

Phillipsburg def. Villa Walsh 2-0 (25-12, 25-19)

Hopewell Valley def. Villa Walsh 2-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-7)

Undefeated:

No. 4 Sparta 10-0 (9-0 NJAC, 5-0 NJAC American)

Madison 6-0 (5-0 NJAC, 5-0 NJAC Liberty)

For those who would like to see who I feel is in the top-tier of the NJAC, below is my top 5, which has changed since last week!

1.       Sparta

2.       Roxbury

3.       Mendham

4.       Jefferson

5.       Madison

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