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 2017 Volleyball season ended with a record of 13 wins and 12 losses. This record demonstrates the youth of a team, as it consists mainly of sophomores.

During the first few weeks of the regular season, we participated in the Northern Valley Invitational Tournament. During this tournament, as it was early in the season, Holy Angels struggled to find their rhythm; however, the girls finished third in the four team bracket. With their performance during pool play, against teams like Pascack Hills and Old Tappan, Holy Angels played tough, but lost to Bogota, a top 20 team, in the first round of the consolation bracket. Even with a roster of 13 girls, all players, received playing time and continued to show effort as they adjusted to different line ups and challenges. Regardless of the outcome in this tournament, the girls’ performances against the top rated teams in the state validated our place in the county and inspired them to work harder. Even though the team consisted of 8 returning players, dealing with inconsistent play was our hurdle. We had bouts of success throughout the season and had moments of greatness, but unfortunately, it wasn’t consistent which lead to several losses. However, the girls’ performances against some of the most competitive teams in the county such as Paramus, Pascack Hills, and Pascack Valley showed their potential and earned them the 20th seed in the Bergen County Tournament. The volleyball team fell to #13 Dwight Englewood in the first round of the county tournament. The remainder of the regular season was filled with ups and downs as the girls continue to struggle to find a way to play together and up to the high level that is associated with Holy Angels Volleyball. This year, after a one year hiatus, Holy Angels Volleyball qualified for the State Tournament and was ranked 11th in the Non-Public Bracket. We defeated Montclair Kimberly in the first round, but lost in the second round to 6th seed, Paul VI.

Despite the difficulties and inconsistencies the girls faced this season, they all say that they have developed lifelong friendships and bonds with their fellow teammates. In our post-season discussion, the girls were able to recognize what needs to be improved in order for next season to continue to get more consistent and to extend their postseason.

The 2017 Varsity team has 4 graduating seniors and returning 10 players. Holy Angels’ volleyball may have been inconsistent this year, but it is continuing to hold a position as a contender in the best county for girls volleyball.

Individual League Honors:
1st Team: Jalen Wynn, Magda Papenhausen
2nd Team: Angelina Busetto, Emily Taufield, Daniella Martinez, Nicolette Martinez
Honorable Mention: Iris Knowles




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