Barnegat Girls Volleyball Team Snags Second State Sectional Crown in School History

BANNER Working day: The Barnegat women volleyball group celebrates its championship trophy soon after defeating Wall Township, 17-25, 25-14, 25-13, in the NJSIAA South Jersey Team II remaining on Nov. 2. (Photos by David Biggy)
Inside of the Barnegat Superior School gymnasium hangs the banner honoring the boys swim team for its condition sectional championship from 2019. Heading into this 7 days, it was the only sectional title in college record.
Mentor Karla Jennings’ ladies volleyball workforce is heading to add a further banner to that wall right after the Bengals defeated Wall Township, 17-25, 25-14, 25-13, in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II ultimate on Nov. 9.
“This is brilliant. I’m ecstatic,” said senior Robbiann Erskine, moments soon after she and her teammates gathered with the championship trophy for a workforce photo. “It’s so remarkable that we finally did it. I have been waiting around four a long time for this, and I’m honored to be on the staff that did it.”
Of system, Jennings would not have stated the likelihood of a sectional crown at the beginning of the year, in spite of being aware of her squad’s capabilities. It’s usually her mantra to basically target on the current.
Take THAT!: Barnegat’s Avery O’Cone provides on one of her 7 kills through the Bengals’ 2-1 victory over Wall Township in the NJSIAA South Jersey Team II ultimate on Nov. 2.
“We’ve been right here 4 times and couldn’t seal the deal, so I’m truly fired up this group was able to do it,” explained Jennings, whose Bengals are 18-9 and headed to the Team II semifinals, slated for Thursday, Nov. 11. “But I understood our ladies were this fantastic, and I’ve had higher expectations for the full year. We’re definitely very good when we perform alongside one another and rely on every single other.”
That was not the case in the initially recreation on Tuesday. The 2nd-seeded Bengals ended up all about the location, totally without having an offensive rhythm, and the fifth-seeded Crimson Knights took gain later on in the game, when they not only erased a 13-12 deficit, but won 13 of the next 18 points to get a 1- guide.
“In the initial established, we had been just nervous,” reported senior setter Patria Moreno, who finished with 22 assists, 17 digs and 4 kills. “For us, there was a ton of tension getting at house, playing for the championship, and predicted to get. We gave them details, and we had to settle down. But we had occur too much to just give this away. We experienced to fight back again.”
Battling back intended having Wall out of its offensive rhythm, so Barnegat turned up the warmth on the provide. Nina Soberano delivered from the outset of Match 2, tallying a pair of aces in the course of the 1st 4 points to press the Bengals to a 4-1 direct they never relinquished.
Right here YOU GO!: Barnegat setter Patria Moreno sends a back again set in the route of teammate Robbiann Erskine for the duration of the Bengals’ 2-1 victory more than Wall Township in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II remaining on Nov. 2.
Pursuing an ace from Ashley Berger, which produced it 7-4, the Bengals stepped on the fuel pedal, unquestionably obliterating the Wall defense and profitable 9 of the subsequent 10 details to go up 16-4. Moreno dumped a ball down the appropriate line to make it 8-3, right before Wall known as a timeout, but Berger’s up coming ace designed it 9-3.
Soon after the Crimson Knights mustered a point, Gianna Gerckens blocked an tried dump to the center for Barnegat’s subsequent position. A pair of Wall hitting faults designed it 12-4, just before Avery O’Cone smashed a pair of kills to press the lead to 15-4.
The Bengals’ significant run was culminated by an ace from Cassadi VanHorn, who completed with three aces and 10 services points, and the Crimson Knights just couldn’t get better. A kill from Erskine and an additional ace from Soberano built it 21-11, and Moreno finished the sport with a dink shot down the proper line.
“We have been all nervous in the first set, and we just necessary to start out participating in far better,” stated O’Cone, who finished with seven kills and two blocks. “Once we started out passing and hitting better, anything begun to do the job out for us. We began participating in our game.”
Specific Shipping and delivery: Barnegat’s Cassadi VanHorn will get established to hammer 1 of her three aces during the Bengals’ 2-1 victory in excess of Wall Township.
In the third recreation, the Bengals were being lights out. A pair of Wall passing mistakes led to the 1st two factors, prior to VanHorn shipped her 3rd ace, placing the tone for the relaxation of the match.
“I just preferred to do my element for my workforce,” VanHorn stated. “We needed to retain the momentum likely, and my task was to serve aggressively and try to acquire them out of their activity. After we bought snug in our offense, not a great deal was going to prevent us.”
An Erskine get rid of made it 5-1, and a further Berger eliminate improved Barnegat’s guide to 7-1, forcing Wall to just take a timeout. The Crimson Knights chipped absent at the guide with a few straight factors and pulled to inside 9-4, but the Bengals squashed the run and went on one particular of their very own, successful 11 of the upcoming 16 factors to go up 20-10. From there, Barnegat only had to near it out.
Two kills from senior Valencia Gosser and another from O’Cone built it 24-13, right before a Crimson Knights’ hitting mistake clinched the initial sectional title for a Barnegat ladies software.
“We’ve been very established, the senior class specially, to arrive at our goals,” Moreno mentioned. “When we were being freshmen, we talked about this, celebrating a sectional championship, so to make this a truth, it is just great. Soon after the initially set, we just set it all out there.”
Berger concluded with seven kills, nine digs, 15 provider factors and 4 aces, while Soberano ended with 10 digs, 4 helps and two aces, and Erskine’s reliable exertion on the entrance line yielded 5 kills and 4 digs. Gerckens contributed three kills and a block, when Tara Charland added six digs and an ace, and Gosser concluded with four kills.
Getting Exciting: Patria Moreno qualified prospects the cheers as the Barnegat girls volleyball team celebrates one of its factors in the 2nd sport of the Bengals’ 2-1 victory.
“I’m truly pleased not just that we won, but that we won just after these kinds of an abysmal start,” Jennings reported. “We evidently weren’t taking part in to our capabilities, at all, in the first established, so we switched back to a lineup they’re a lot more acquainted with and improved the video game plan. We served a lot more aggressively, took Wall out of their recreation, and built it genuinely hard for them to pass perfectly to the entrance. In the meantime, our women did what they had to do on offense to place Wall back on their heels. That is what it normally takes to get at this issue of the time. You have to dig deep and make changes.”
In the Team II semifinals, the Bengals will be at property in opposition to Central Jersey Group II winner Mendham, which ousted Governor Livingston, 2-, in their ultimate Tuesday night.
All through final week’s semifinals, the Bengals knocked off third-seeded Sterling, 27-25, 25-20. Berger led the way offensively with 11 kills and a few aces even though mustering 8 digs. Moreno doled out 21 helps and managed 11 digs, whilst O’Cone hammered down seven kills and Gosser included three kills. Soberano contributed eight digs.
Southern Volleyball Squad
Falls to Williamstown in Final

Sad to say, the Southern Regional women volleyball team could not recapture the successful touch that won the Rams a South Jersey Group IV sectional title last calendar year, as they dropped a 17-25, 21-25 contest to Williamstown in their section ultimate on Nov. 2.
The Braves (33-) jumped out to an 8- benefit in the initially game prior to the Rams (21-12) battled back again to tie the video game at 15-15. But Williamstown weathered the storm and went on a 10-2 spurt to near out the very first match. In the second activity, Southern got out to a 12-8 direct, but the Braves inevitably tied it up at 17-17 in advance of successful eight of the next 12 factors to seize the title.
In the semifinals on Nov. 5, the Rams fell driving when 3rd-seeded Gloucester Tech swiped the initial recreation, 25-18, but rebounded to earn the upcoming two games, 25-14, 25-17, to progress to the closing round. Regulski shipped 25 helps, though Hanneman smashed nine kills, and Hamlin ended with six kills, 19 digs and an ace. Hughes had 5 kills and four blocks, although Krause whacked 6 kills and registered seven digs as perfectly as an ace. Otto also scored on a trio of aces and experienced eight digs.
Against Cherry Hill East in the quarterfinals on Nov. 3, the Rams cruised to a 25-8, 25-20 victory, as Hanneman and Krause just about every recorded 5 kills, when Amanda Floystad gave out 10 assists, and Hamlin scored on two kills and a few aces.
— David Biggy

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