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.
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.