WMHS girls’ volleyball team moves on in county tourney

West Milford. The Lady Highlanders are moving ahead in the Passaic County Tournament.

| 02 Oct 2019 | 12:19

The West Milford High School girls’ volleyball team got its second win of the season last Friday, sweeping Passaic Charter 2-0 in the preliminary round of the 2019 Passaic County Tournament.

The match took place at home in the West Milford High School gym.

”We are 2-9 overall,” Head Coach Alyssa Forget said of the 2019 season thus far. “But all of our focus right now is to advance to the next round in the county tournament.”

The Lady Highlanders won the first set of Friday’s match against Passaic Charter by a score of 25-10 before taking the second set 25-14.

Sophomore Samantha Araujo recorded seven aces and three kills in the match, while juniors Kayleigh Smith and Kayla Muth each had three kills of their own.

Sophomore Olivia Arciniega had two kills to go along with her three assists and senior Erin Swajger had five assists, two digs, and a kill in the match as well.

For the 10th seeded Lady Highlanders, it’s now onto the official first round of the county tournament on Thursday, when the team is set to face the seventh-seeded Wayne Hills.

Passaic Charter entered the tournament as the 15th seed while Wayne Valley is the top seed.

Wayne Hills and West Milford played each other earlier in the season, a match the Lady Highlanders lost 2-1.

Coach Forget, however, remains confident about her team’s chances in the tournament.

“We lost to them two sets to one, but every game was close” she said. “So we are confident that we can compete with them and are hoping that we will finish strong.”

Thursday’s match will take place at Wayne Hills High School.