Over the past 4 years, the Holy Angels Varsity volleyball team has been ranked as one of the top 20 teams in Bergen County and has been a contender in both the county and state tournaments.  As the best county in New Jersey for volleyball, this is truly an honor and accomplishment. Each year we join novice players with experienced players to create a unified and cohesive program where the focus is on communication and skill improvement. Coach Surovich and Coach Paccione’s passion for the sport radiates to their players which results is a desire to succeed, all the while enjoying the sport.  

Year in Review

The 2019 Volleyball season ended with a record of 16 wins and 10 losses-the second best record to date following the 2018 season. This record demonstrates the culmination of a group of girls who have played together for four years. During the first few weeks of the regular season, we participated in the Northern Valley Invitational tournament. Even though it was early in the season, Holy Angels found their stride during this tournament and finished second in the four team bracket and advanced to the semifinals of the championship bracket before losing to state champions, Bogota in a one game match. The following week, the girls solidified their spot as a top contender in Bergen County when they won the Leonia Tournament for the second consecutive year, once again defeating state ranked Northern Highlands in the championship final.

This season consisted of 8 returning players and 4 girls who were brought up from JV. All of the returning girls were key players during our 2018 season, which resulted in a smooth transition. Having played together for several years, the team chemistry was outstanding. The bond the girls shared, along with their talent and volleyball knowledge, gave the girls strength and confidence within one another to play in very tough matches against top ranked teams. A few of the season highlights were defeating Tenafly in the regular season as well as playing to three sets against Wayne Valley and Pascack Hills; all of whom were ranked in the top 20 in the state. The girls’ performance throughout the season earned them the 10th seed in the Bergen County Tournament. This season, the girls once again made it into the Elite 8 of the county tournament for the second consecutive year by beating #23 Paramus and #7 Ramsey. The team fell once again to #2 Old Tappan in a strong three set thriller of a match. Old Tappan went on to become the Bergen County Champions. The Angels’ success within the Bergen County tournament earned them the #5 in the Non-Public group of the state tournament. They defeated Mother Seton in the first round, but lost to #4 Donovan Catholicin the second round with one of the best matches this team has ever played. Although our season ended sooner than we would’ve liked, the girls had a tremendously successful season that earned the respect of all the other top ranked volleyball teams in the county. The team was even featured in an article on NJ.com, the team was listed numerous times as a match to watch, and Jalen Wynn was named a player to watch. In our post-season discussion, the girls stated that they had a lot of fun this season and many unforgettable moments. The 2019 Varsity team has 7 graduating seniors and returning 5 players. Each year, I become more excited about the following season. I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for these girls as we will have a completely new group of players. The lack of experience at the varsity level will be a challenge, but those 5 returning players will be placed in leadership roles. Holy Angels’ volleyball continue to hold their position as a contender in the best county for girls volleyball.

Individual Honors: Awards:
1st Team All-League: Jalen Wynn, Nicolette Martinez, Daniella Martinez MVP: Jalen Wynn
2nd Team All-League: Angelina Busetto, Fallon Oddo, Alexa Watson Most Improved: Ciara Donegan
Honorable Mention: Corey McLaughlin

1st Team All County: Jalen Wynn
2nd Team All County: Daniella Martinez
3rd Team All County: Nicolette Martinez

1st Team All Group (Non-Public): Jalen Wynn

3rd Team All-State: Jalen Wynn




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