The Mounties get themselves hyped up prior to their match against Passaic Valley. All three teams—Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity—won their matches.

by Andrew Garda

The Montclair High School girls volleyball team came away with a clean sweep of Passaic Valley during their annual “Friday Night Spikes” event, as all three levels—freshmen, junior varsity and varsity—beat the visiting Hornets.

The main event was, naturally, the varsity squad.

Seniors make up the bulk of the team, and they have been with coach Pam Reilly for all four of their years and are aiming high this season. They know that, in order to do that, they have to come out strong every match.

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At times during the first game, the Mounties didn’t seem as tightly set up as they had worked to be. Communication got crossed up a few times and the Hornets took advantage, hanging around for much of the game and closing to a score of 12-8.

Every time Passaic Valley gained a point after that, though, the Mounties added another one of their own and the Hornets were never able to really chip away at the lead enough.

Then Ciarah Minnig stepped up to serve and ripped off four points to lengthen MHS’ lead to 22-10. While the Hornets got the serve back, they immediately faulted and the Mounties made short work of them to finish the game.

Reilly made a few substitutions and the Mounties came out hot in the second game, going on an early 9-1 run and never looking back.

This makes two matches in a row for Montclair, after the beat North 13th Street Tech 2-0 on Wednesday. Their next test comes on Monday when they welcome Mount St. Dominic to the gym.

For for an in-depth look at the game with comments and quotes from players and coaches, pick up the September 14 edition of the Montclair Local or check that Thursday.