The NJ Boys High School Volleyball Final 4 teams are set. There are just a few days left in the season as well as just three games left for the year and the only thing left to determine is what order (1 through 4) the last teams will finish in NJP’s final ranking of the season. The Predictor algorithm double weights playoff contests and the impressive win by Old Bridge in straight sets over St. Joe’s has launched the 4-peat candidate Knights into the #2 slot in the overall rankings. Old Bridge has the highest schedule strength of any team in the final 4 and their drive for their 4th state championship in a row has been unearthed late in the season. Here are the state semi-final predictions…Playoff-Grid-Boys-Spring-22-LIVE-FINAL-4
We also broke down our player rater for the final 4 teams and are providing player matchup analysis below…
As indicated, NJP loves Southern in the first semi-final over the Cutters from Fair Lawn. Fair Lawn has been outstanding down the stretch but we just can’t see undefeated Southern being denied a trip to the state championship game. This is a repeat of last years semi-final so the Cutters will be looking for revenge. Despite Fair Lawn’s recent dominance, we favor the Rams in straight sets.
SPF has just one blemish all season long, a three set close match with #1 Southern. The algorithm has had the Raiders as #2 almost the entire season. In their short existence with their volleyball program starting in 2017, the Raiders have amassed a 95-13 record and, in their last two seasons, have posted a 54-2 record. Their win on Friday gave them their first ever sectional title. They have no experience in front of a South Brunswick massive state fan base and it will be a great learning moment for them in their development. Old Bridge has been state champs the past three seasons and their players know the secret to perform their best during the “show”, under the motivation of Coach Andrew Hopman. They are playing their best volleyball right now and it will be a bear to knock them out. NJP gives the Knights the edge.
Here are the sectional grids with prediction results and data analysis through the cutoff date…