Women’s volleyball: the matches not to be missed for the week of October 4
Monday October 4
No. 6 Hudson Catholic at No. 18 Union City
The first of a handful of clashes this week between a pair of ranked teams features a Catholic team from Hudson who have traversed the rest of the HCIAL throughout the first part of the season. The teams met earlier this season, with Hudson Catholic winning in straight sets, 25-16 and 27-25. Union City have won seven straight wins since then and will look to continue that momentum in their biggest home game of the year.
Tuesday, October 5
Toms River East to the south
Despite a relatively low season so far, Southern has shown flashes of their typical brilliance, most notably carrying an unbeaten No.3 North Hunterdon team to three sets earlier this year. Toms River East is 8-1, having suffered its first loss of the season last week against the same team South, and will certainly live up to the same season series on the road.
Westfield at No.6 Hudson Catholic
Westfield is 6-3, with two of their losses to unbeaten River Dell. Hudson Catholic has yet to give up a set this season and will use the game as an opportunity to show off his talent against a non-HCIAL side who will enter the hungry week after three straight losses to end last week.
No. 3 North Hunterdon to No. 19 Ridge
North Hunterdon finished last week with a perfect record, but were taken to three sets on four occasions, including once against Ridge earlier this season, with Ridge winning the first set 27-25 and North Hunterdon winning the second set 25- 22 in front of the Lions put it away with a third one-sided set. Ridge has won nine straight wins since and will look to make 10 at home against one of the best teams in the state.
Wednesday October 6
N ° 12 River Dell to N ° 2 Demarest
Demarest has won each of the last five encounters in the series dating back to 2018, although River Dell is having a strong season, going 8-1 and its only loss to top-ranked Immaculate Heart. Demarest has yet to give up a set this season and will look to assert his elite status in the state against a tough rival from the Far North.
Township of Washington at # 16 Gloucester Tech
9-3 Washington Township has had a strong season so far and is one of three teams to lead No.4 Williamstown to three sets. Gloucester Tech made his first Top 20 appearance this week and will look to reaffirm his status with a win over one of the best opponents he will face this season.
Shawnee at No.4 Williamstown
Shawnee is 7-2 this season and has won six of his last seven games. The team already have some experience against some of New Jersey’s best, having lost to Paul VI in straight sets last week. Williamstown has won each of its 13 games to start the year and will look to avoid potential disappointment following a high-profile clash at North Hunterdon on Saturday.
Madison at n ° 11 Mendham
After winning six straight games to start the season, Madison retired from a straight-set match against Morris Knolls last week. The team will be looking to bounce back against a highly skilled Mendham side who are 8-2, having faced four ranked opponents so far this year.
Friday October 8
No. 9 Roxbury to No. 8 Sparta
Along with Mendham, these two teams were an elite trio of teams atop NJAC and are expected to be one of the most competitive clashes of the week. The teams met in Week 1, with Sparta taking a straight-set victory. The Spartans lost to two straight-ranked opponents to finish last week and will look to avoid scoring three straight home games against Roxbury.
Saturday October 9
Pinelands at n ° 4 Williamstown
Pinelands is 8-2 and was one of the teams at the top of the rotating carousel of Shore Conference qualifiers. After a home loss to Donovan Catholic, Pinelands will start the week looking to get back on track, but will have their hands full on the road to face a top team from Williamstown.
The NJ High School Sports newsletter now appears in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox every day of the week. To add your name, Click here.
Thank you for relying on us to provide journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription.