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IHA clinches Tournament of Champions title

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Mon, Nov 14, 2011 10:42 PM

Updated Sun, Nov 20, 2011 11:10 PM
IHA clinches Tournament of Champions title


SUNDAY, November 20

At William Paterson University

Finals: No. 1 Immaculate Heart Academy 2, No. 3 Demarest 0


Just like it had all season, the Immaculate Heart Academy girls volleyball team wore down its opponent and, in turn, returned to a quite familiar place: the top.

The top-seeded Blue Eagles defeated No. 3 Demarest in two games, 25-20, 25-15, to clinch the Tournament of Champions crown at William Paterson University on Sunday afternoon.

IHA had won the title in 2007, 2008, and 2009 before falling in last season's semifinal. Maria Nolan and her team returned to the paramount of their sport, thanks to sparkling efforts from a wide array of talented players.

Michelle Cruz recorded two aces, 11 service points and 16 digs, Mandy Garbarino had assists and Nia Reed registered 11 kills and three blocks to power the Blue Eagles, who finished 32-1 overall on the season.

Haley Hirsch paced the resilient Norsemen with six kills and 15 digs, while Melissa Pesce led the team with 16 assists.

SATURDAY, November 19

At William Paterson University

First round: No. 5 River Dell 2, No. 4 Bogota 0

Kate Brock recorded 15 kills and three assists, while Lindsay Clark added 15 digs and Mary Maccabee had 15 kills as River Dell upset Bogota, 2-0, in the first round of the Tournament of Champions at William Paterson University on Saturday. The Golden Hawks, who improved to 24-3, were also propelled by a 30-assist performance from Kalette de Marrais. Rebecca Keleman paced Bogota with 38 assists and 12 digs. Carly O'Sullivan notched 21 kills and nine digs, while Julia Topor racked up three aces, 15 service points and 16 kills for the Bucs, who fell to 34-3.

Semifinals: No. 3 Demarest 2, No. 2 Livingston 0

Haley Hirsch recorded 12 kills and 11 digs, while Kat Hirsch amassed six aces and 12 kills as Demarest cruised to a two-game, 25-21, 25-21, victory over Livingston in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at William Paterson University on Sunday. Melissa Pesce chipped in with 25 assists and Heather Park had 13 digs and one ace for the Norsemen, who will play for the TOC title on Sunday afternoon. Nancy Yang paced Livingston with 10 kills and six digs.

Semifinals: No. 1 Immaculate Heart Academy 2, No. 5 River Dell 0

Michelle Cruz recorded two aces, nine service points and 10 digs and Immaculate Heart Academy wore own fifth-seeded River Dell, 2-0, in the Tournament of Champions semifinals on Saturday evening. The Blue Eagles registered wins by scores of 26-24 and 25-15. Mandy Garbarino had three aces, eight service points, and 24 assists to propel Immaculate Heart to the final against No. 3 Demarest on Sunday at William Paterson University. Kalette de Marrais paced the Golden Hawks with 13 assists. 


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