By W. L. Bill Allen, Jr. / New Jersey Sport/Action
RUTHERFORD (Sept. 16, 2010) — While the volleyball contingent from Rutherford High School had another outstanding season in 2009, finishing with a sparkling 23-5 overall record, the Lady Bulldogs did not record any championships and one big reason for that title dearth was the team Pascack Hills, which topped RHS in both the second round of the Bergen County Tournament and quarterfinal round of the State Group 1 playoffs.
On Monday, Sept. 13, in Montvale, though, the locals did exact a small measure of revenge by clipping the home-standing Cowgirls, 15-25, 25-22, 25-17, to move to 2-0 overall and to 2-0 in conference combat, as well.
Having finished second to Tenafly in the final year of the BCSL/American Division play, the Lady Bulldogs (16-2 last year) are now competing in the North Jersey Interscholastic League/Colonial Conference, A Division.
In that organization, the locals will face fellow division members Hills, Elmwood Park, Garfield, Lodi and Glen Rock twice and Colonial B teams Eastern Christian, Hawthorne, Manchester Regional and Mary Help of Christians once each this season.
In their season opener, the Lady ’Dogs embered Elmwood Park, 25-12, 25-9, on Friday, Sept. 10, in Rutherford.
“A lot of coaches around the state and here in Bergen County are not very happy with all these new leagues, a lot of people are questioning why we had to rip apart leagues and conferences that had been around for years and years and seemed to work pretty well,” noted seven-year veteran RHS head coach Helen Antzoulides, who came to Rutherford after guiding Paterson Catholic for the better part of a score of years.
“From my point of view, however” the longtime mentor expounded, “what’s done is done and it is what it is and, now, just give me my schedule and let me go ahead and play whoever’s on there and we’ll do our best. For starters, this year, though, I have to say that the win over Hills was big for us, especially since we won at their place. I feel that some of our older girls learned that we can beat them and that some of our younger girls really grew up in a hurry.”
Captaining the current contingent is a trio of 12th-graders: Deb Hong, a 5’4’’ outside hitter, Sara Pendleton, a six-foot tall middle blocker, and Michelle Kwak, a 5’7’’ outside hitter. Rounding out the varsity roster are 5’3’’ senior defensive specialist Samantha Polak, 5’8’’ junior outside hitter Grace Hong, 5’8’’ junior middle hitter Val Considine and two sophomores: off-side hitter Ally Paskas and libero Irmac Dagistanli.
Thursday, Sept. 16, should see the Lady Bulldogs traveling to take on River Dell, with a home court match against Garfield set for 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.
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