Girls’ Volleyball: Passaic Valley aims for a third-straight PCT title
LITTLE FALLS – After a slow start, the Passaic Valley girls’ volleyball team has been playing very well. The Hornets entered this week having won nine of its last 10 matches and seemingly are playing its best volleyball of the season, with a possible third-straight Passaic County championship in its midst.
Passaic Valley took an 11-4 mark into a match with Fair Lawn earlier this week. This afternoon, the team is at Wayne Valley and the regular season concludes on Oct. 20 when the Hornets visit Randolph. All of those matches commence at 4 p.m.
Passaic Valley will also host Hawthorne Christian in the Passaic County Tournament quarterfinal round tomorrow at 4 p.m. The winner of that game takes on the Wayne Valley-Mary Help of Christians quarterfinal winner in the semifinals, which will be played at Clifton High School on Oct. 22, at either 5, or 6:30 p.m.
The championship game will be at Lakeland High School on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.
Passaic Valley’s most recent wins were in straight sets over Clifton on Oct. 9, as well as a three-set victory opposite Wayne Hills on Oct. 11.
The win over Clifton was certainly a huge one for the Hornets. Clifton is the top seed in the Passaic County Tournament while the Hornets, the two-time defending champions, are seeded third. Passaic Valley is seeking to become the first school since Hawthorne to win three-straight titles. Hawthorne accomplished the feat from 2000-2002.
After falling to 2-3 early in the season, the Hornets ran off seven-straight victories, all in straight sets.
Versus Clifton, Passaic Valley prevailed, 25-23, 26-24 as Kendall Murphy recorded 24 assists and Tina Predojevic registered 18 kills. Edwina Alog, Jen Kostroski, Gabby Mattoon and Victoria Osorio all finished in double figures for digs.
In the victory over Wayne Valley on Oct. 10, the Hornets were paced by Murphy’s 25 assists, Mattoon’s 16 digs and 11 kills and 13 digs.