Volleyball Takes Sectionals


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The Verona High School volleyball team went into the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 state Sectionals as the #2 seed to a powerhouse Rutherford High School team. On Monday, Verona came home from Rutherford wearing the Sectionals crown, winning 2-1.

The two teams were tight competitors from the start. Verona lost the first set 21-25, but rallied in the second to win it 25-18 second. They stayed neck-and-neck in the third set until Verona got the final point (in the video below) and a 25-22 win.


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Patricia Rakova and Ashley Duhaney, who have led Verona in kills all season, continued to dominate the net in Rutherford, with Rakova, a junior, toting up nine kills and Duhaney, a senior, had eight. Duhaney also led the squad in digs, with 11, followed closely by Rakova, Marley Kramer and Nicole Hagaman, a sophomore and junior respectively. Kramer had the team high in assists, with 11, while Kaitlyn McCaffrey, a senior, had nine.

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With the Sectionals win in their pocket, Verona moves on to the Group playoffs, which will open on Thursday, November 11, at VHS at 5 p.m. Verona will take on Bogota, which was the #1 seed in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1. Bogota defeated Cresskill in its quarterfinals, faltered a bit against Emerson Boro in the semis, and defeated Glen Rock for its championship.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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