November 16, 2021 – By NJP

Here is the Tournament of Champions playoff tournament grid for our Fall season finale.

#2 Mendham is projected to defeat #6 Bogota on Thursday. We see this as a very close match-up due to the firepower of Ashanna Caviness and the Lady Bucs who have risen to the occasion the past number of weeks and have some standout wins against IHA, WMC, Midland Park, Cresskill, Emerson, Glen Rock, Verona, and DelVal. They have won 26 of their last 27 matches, only marred by a three set heart-breaker to Ridgewood in the Bergen County semi-final. Mendham is just an all around excellent team. They are deep, talented, well-coached, and always come prepared to give their all. They have a unique sisterhood this season, are crazy scrappy on defense, and have power and finesse on the attack. Their 6-2 will always keep Bogota guessing. We think Bogota could come out of the gate fast with Caviness stealing the early show, but the Lady Bucs will get worn down by a relentless charge of the Minutemaids. Mendham 2-1.

Newark Academy has had just a great season and they burned through the non-public B tournament to claim a spot in the big show. We are projecting that their fantastic run will end Thursday and Paul VI is playing as good as any team in NJ right now. They have ended a group title bid for IHA in a massive upset, putting an end to one of the longest winning streaks in NJ history. And we don’t see the Eagles season ending just yet. If they can beat IHA, they can beat anyone. We see this match as a two set victory for Paul VI. Paul VI 2-0

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