October 10, 2022

We will be updating this blog throughout the day and evening so stay tuned for new content…

Here is the link to the updated NJP Ratings and Rankings as of 10-9… https://njpowerranking.com/2022/10/10/player-rater-update-10-10-22/

Here is the link to the NJP Player Rater updated 10-9-22… https://njpowerranking.com/2022/10/10/player-rater-update-10-10-22/

Here are the Top 50 players in each “per set” stat category as of 10/10… https://njpowerranking.com/2022/10/10/top-50s-per-set-player-stats/

Here is the latest power points ranking state-wide… https://njpowerranking.com/2022/10/09/overall-power-point-rankings-through-10-9/

Here is the updated analytical standings as of 10-9… https://njpowerranking.com/2022/10/10/analytical-standings-update-10-9/

Here is a look at NJP rankings by Overall Group… https://njpowerranking.com/2022/10/09/njp-overall-group-rankings-10-9/

Tonights schedule recap:

We will start tonight with what we believe is a pretty big upset but for those in the GMC, it’s probably just another grueling conference rivalry twist. The Monroe Falcons upended the undefeated Old Bridge Knights today with a straight set win powered by the defensive prowess of Allison Nieves and a well rounded attach orchestrated by setters Alyssa Grau and Lindsay Harrington. Ava Kwitkoski lead a group of 7 players who contributed kills with 4. OB still holds the slight edge for division honors.

In another upset, Tenafly is no longer unbeaten as they were taken down by Old Tappan in three sets. It was the first loss for the Tigers who fall to 13-1 with Old Tappan rising to 11-4 overall. Sam Kranzler was the big star for the Knights as she slammed 22 kills for the winners.

We would like to recognize a team we have not spent a lot of time covering this year. Timothy Christian is undefeated so far this season at 8-0. They have had a wonderful youth infusion to meld with their upperclassman and have navigated the season thus far unscathed. Freshman setter Emma Pratt has stormed on to the varsity squad and brought versatility and leadership despite her young age. Her favorite target this season has been sophomore outside Holly Medina. Medina leads the Tigers with 65 kills thus far in 8 matches. Emma, a prospect of CORE Volleyball Academy, has stepped right in after the void of graduating Ariele Acevedo this summer. Seniors Hannah McNulty and Hailee Medina as well as junior Aliyah Hobbs have formulated a winning combination in the GMC-Blue. Congrats to the Tigers on such a great start.

Pinelands, coming off a nice performance this weekend against some of the states best despite going 1-2, continued their winning ways against Cedar Creek today in a convincing manner. They had many solid performances tonight but we will note 6 aces from Madison Houseworth, 12 digs from Eva Pollak, and 4 kills from Olivia Benson. Pinelands has packed their schedule down the stretch with high expectations of success. Later this week they will face Donovan Catholic, Old Bridge, and Williamstown to go along with their top level quad performance this past weekend.

Whenever a team has to visit the Panthers in Bridgewater-Raritan over the years, it is never an easy task. The 5-8 Panthers come up with a big upset today as they hand Livingston their second loss of the season and second loss in their last 4 matches. BR overwhelmed the Lancers from start to finish today taking the first set 25-12 and finishing off the night cap at 25-18. Isabel Rivera slammed 9 kills and lifted 8 digs, Madison Patton had 3 blocks and 5 kills, and Vasi Papanastasiou had 20 digs along with 3 kills and an ace. Nikki Blair, who is having a great senior campaign, had 17 assists, 3 kills and an ace for the winners. Julianna Consolazio also added 2 blocks and three kills for the Panthers.

Unbeaten Team on 10/10:

Here are the results of our game predictions from the second round games for Sunday’s Bergen County tournament…

Williamstown has a full team full of top achievers. When we use the words Dajah, Joanna, Julia, and Mia there is an automatic recognition in the NJ volleyball community. Congrats to these amazing players. NJ’s female version of the “Beatles”.
What an amazing 4 year varsity high school career for Ava Novello of West Morris Central. Another milestone achieved this week as she passes 700 overall digs. And… she’s not done yet!!
Colleen Russell from North Hunterdon reached 200 career kills last week. The senior Captain has been a major contributor to the Lions success over the past two years. She also leads the team in blocks. Nice job Colleen!
Hillsborough senior Gisele Galera now has 600 career assists. The past two seasons, Gisele has quarterbacked the Raiders with passion and poise.
Fair Lawn’s Ashley Kingsley has now surpassed 500 kills for her career. The senior Cutter was rated #7 overall in NJ in the lastest NJP Player Rater putting her at the 100th percentile of all players in the state.
Clearview won the OLMA invitational tournament this past weekend for the second year in a row. The Tri-County boasts an incredibly high level of competition with Williamstown and Washington Township, both top 10 teams in the state, and Clearview has held their own all season. They face both league foes again this week. Good luck Pioneers!

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