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 2018 Volleyball season ended with a record of 16 wins and 9 losses-the best record to date. This record demonstrates the development of a group of girls who have played together for three 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 third in the four team bracket based on a point differential. With their performance during pool play against teams like Demarest, Bogota, and Medham, Holy Angels earned the number one seed of the silver bracket. Although we lost in the second round of the playoffs, all of the girls received playing time and showed their potential for the rest of the season. The following week, the girls demonstrated that potential when they became the champions of the Leonia Tournament, defeating ranked Northern Highlands in the finals.

This season consisted of 9 returning players and 3 girls who were brought up from JV. All of the returning girls were key players during our 2017 season, which resulted in a smooth transition. Having three sets of sisters on the team allowed for a familial atmosphere and sisterly bond among all of the girls. That bond, combined with their talent and comfort of playing together, gave the girls strength to play in very tough matches and to defeat top ranked teams. A few of the season highlights were defeating Pascack Hills and Tenafly in the regular season as well as playing to three sets against Wayne Valley and River Dell; 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 did something never done before in my tenure as coach, they made it into the Elite 8 of the county tournament by beating #23 Leonia and #7 Bogota. The team fell to #2 Old Tappan in a strong two set match. Their success within the Bergen County tournament earned them the #6 in the Non-Public group of the state tournament. They defeated Wardlaw Hartridge in the first round, but lost to Mother Seton in the second round. Although our season ended more abruptly 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 twice named a player to watch. In our post-season discussion, the girls stated that this season was the most fun they’ve had and despite their disappointment, they were proud of the how the season went. They were able to recognize what needs to be improved in order to get them win those tough matches and beat the higher ranked teams. The 2018 Varsity team has 4 graduating seniors and returning 8 players. Each year, I become more excited about the following season. I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for these girls as they reach their third and fourth years of playing together as a group. Next year will have a large senior class and that maturity and experience should benefit them in high pressure game situation. Holy Angels’ volleyball continue to hold their position as a contender in the best county for girls volleyball.aduating 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 Honors: 
1st Team All-League: Jalen Wynn, Nicolette Martinez 
2nd Team All-League: Daniella Martinez, Angelina Busetto, Fallon Oddo 
Honorable Mention: Magdalena Papenhausen 
1st Team All County: Jalen Wynn
2nd Team All County: Nicolette Martinez


MVP: Jalen Wynn

Coach’s Award: Jillian Busetto

Most Improved: Fallon Oddo



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