Ramapo wins its section with sweep of Demarest

Friday, November 11, 2016

NJSIAA Group 2, Section B final

Ramapo's Elena Montgomery

FRANKLIN LAKES – Up against a dangerous opponent with a long pedigree of postseason success, Ramapo’s volleyball team did not want to take any chances as it opened leads in both games against Northern Valley/Demarest in the Group 2 Section B final. When the Green Raiders got themselves out in front, they knew how it important it was to stay there. “I think that we came in knowing that we had to give it our all. Demarest is an amazing team, they have been forever. They are so good and it was really good competition,” said Ramapo junior hitter Gretchen Kincade. “We have been practicing so much for how they attack and we were really prepared. We had high energy the whole way through and we just did not give up.” Ramapo got ahead and stayed ahead on the way to a 25-18, 25-17 victory and its second state sectional championship in the last three years. The Green Raiders (22-2) earned a spot in Saturday’s Group 2 state final against River Dell, which beat Tenafly for the Section A title.MORE...

River Dell pitches a near perfect game against top-seed Old Tappan

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bergen County semifinals

River Dell's Samantha Grandich

OLD TAPPAN – If the second set of Friday night’s Bergen County Volleyball Tournament semifinal match between River Dell and top-seeded Northern Valley/Old Tappan had been scored like a baseball game then it would be much easier to explain. Twenty-seven up, 27 down is an obvious perfect game on the diamond, but in volleyball perfection can be a little more subtle. The game moves so fast and there are no built in breaks in the flow of play, so it is not exactly easy to know what is happening in the moment. It is not until after when the numbers are tallied and the facts are weighed that it is possible to put what River Dell did in the second set into perspective. Up against the top seed and the defending champion and also the undefeated and No. 1 ranked team in the state, River Dell put together a set that had to be one of the best ever played in the tournament’s 41-year history considering the stakes and the quality of opponent. MORE...

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IHA, an unlikely underdog, reaches county final

IHA storms back in quarterfinal sweep of Demarest

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bergen County tournament

IHA's Julia Morris

OLD TAPPAN – Immaculate Heart Academy’s run of four straight Tournament of Champions titles came to an end last season and with zero seniors not only in the starting lineup this year, but also zero seniors on the entire roster, there was a chance that Blue Eagles’ might be taking a step back to regroup after years of statewide dominance. IHA has lost three times during the regular season this year and entered the Bergen County Tournament as the No. 3 seed, but it might just be that over the 33 matches it had played already, the experience is starting to catch up with the young talent it runs out there. Up against Northern Valley/Demarest, the No. 6 seed and fellow perennial powerhouse, in Wednesday night’s quarterfinal, IHA showed the poise of a team knows how to win a big match. IHA trailed heavily for most of the first set and was struggling to keep up, but just when it seemed like Demarest was going to grab control of the game and the match, the Blue Eagles battled back. MORE...

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Ramapo pulls away from Ridgewood twice in BCWCA quarters

Old Tappan survives another scare, this time from Tenafly

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bergen County tournament

Old Tappan's Maya Illovsky

OLD TAPPAN – When a team is undefeated and widely recognized as the best team in the state, complacency is rarely a trait that appears over the course of a season. But after Old Tappan dominated Tenafly in their two regular-season meetings, including a 15-0 run to start their match last week, nearly everyone in the Golden Knights’ gym expected more of the same when the teams met again in the Bergen County quarterfinals on Tuesday night. The Golden Knights got caught looking ahead to a potential Bergen County semifinal against undefeated River Dell and nearly paid the price for it. Tenafly played a spirited first set and had two game points that would have sent shockwaves throughout the gymnasium. Old Tappan leaned on its experience and its winning pedigree to survive a second major county tournament scare in a three-day span. Maya Illovsky returned from an injured shoulder and heated up at the perfect time. MORE...

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River Dell outlasts Bogota in quarterfinal three-setter

Top-seeded Old Tappan avoids Glen Rock's upset bid

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bergen County tournament

Old Tappan's Julia Passante

OLD TAPPAN – It was not that long ago when a top seed playing in the Round of 16 in the Bergen County Volleyball Tournament could practically name the score against its opponent. That is no longer the case as the depth of both individual talent and teams with players who play all year round has risen drastically. This year’s top seed and defending champ Northern Valley/Old Tappan found that out first hand on Saturday. After sweeping their last 10 opponents, the Golden Knights were forced to a third game for the first time in over a month by a hungry Glen Rock side looking to pull the biggest upset in the history of the BCT. After splitting the first two sets the Golden Knights righted the ship for the third and deciding game. Middle blocker Julia Passante made up for a miscue to end the second game. She had two huge kills and two blocks in a closing 12-2 run as No. 1 Northern Valley/Old Tappan pulled away for a 25-20, 23-25, 25-11 victory over 17th seeded Glen Rock at Northern Valley/Old Tappan High School. MORE...

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Tenafly regroups in time to take out Pascack Hills

NV/OT's present looking a lot like its past after win over Ramapo

Friday, September 23, 2016

Old Tappan's Becky Chu

OLD TAPPAN – On the walk into the gym at Northern Valley/Old Tappan, there are plenty of reminders of just how good the Golden Knights volleyball team was last year. The trophy case is stuffed with memorabilia commemorating the Tournament of Champions title that came at the end of an undefeated season that also included league, county, state sectional and state championships. But those items are now for display purposes only. “It is unfair to make comparisons. Last year was a very special year with a very special group of seniors. Some kids on this year’s team made contributions and were a big part of that as well, but there is a whole new mix on the court this year,” said Old Tappan head coach Melissa Landeck. “We have kids that are brand new to the varsity court, so you really can’t make those comparisons, but I am very proud of the fact that they are working hard to become the best 2016 team they can be and make their own mark.”MORE...