Sports Roundup

Southern Regional Starts Girls Volleyball SCT With Win Over Lakewood

By David Biggy | Oct 23, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Barnegat sophomore Julianna Cannizzaro delivered the game-winning goal during the Bengals’ 3-2 overtime victory over Deptford in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II field hockey tournament on Oct. 22.

Southern Ocean County — Tournament time for fall sports is in full swing throughout Southern Ocean County. For the Southern Regional girls volleyball team, it means the possibility of winning not only a Shore Conference Tournament championship, but also an NJSIAA Group IV title as well.

The Rams opened their journey with a first-round SCT victory over Lakewood, as they bounced the Piners in two games, 25-13, 25-8. Utilizing a large mixture of starters and backups, coach Eric Maxwell’s crew received 15 assists and a pair of aces from Stephanie Soares, while Gianna Schiattarella delivered six kills, three digs and two aces, and Regina Ingling scored three aces on 12 service points. Brianna Otto also swatted three aces, while Emma Gildea hammered six kills and made two blocks.

The road toward the SCT final continues on Wednesday, Oct. 23, when the top-seeded Rams (26-3) meet ninth-seeded Jackson Liberty. The semifinals and final are slated for Friday, Oct. 25, at Georgian Court University, beginning at 5 p.m. Donovan Catholic, Brick Memorial and St. John Vianney are the second through fourth seeds. Defending conference champion Pinelands is the sixth seed, right behind Toms River South. The Rams are 22-0 against Shore Conference foes entering Wednesday’s match.

The state tournament will be seeded on Monday, Oct. 28.

Barnegat Field Hockey
Advances in State Tourney

With the NJSIAA field hockey tournaments on the slate this week, Barnegat started off on the right path with a 3-2 overtime victory over Deptford in the first round on Tuesday, Oct. 22, advancing to the South Jersey Group II quarterfinals to meet third-seeded Lower Cape May on Friday, Oct. 25.

The sixth-seeded Bengals  and 11th-seeded Spartans were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, before senior Shannon Schiverea opened the seven-on-seven overtime period by carrying the ball through the middle of the field and shoveled a pass toward the left post, where sophomore Julianna Cannizzaro got enough of her stick on the ball to send it over the goal line just 16 seconds into the extra period. After senior Maddie Schleicher scored Barnegat’s first goal, Schiverea scored to give the Bengals a 2-1 lead with 16:29 left. Deptford scored with 4:56 to go to send the game into overtime.

A win during the quarters would send the Bengals into the semifinals, possibly to meet second-seeded Pinelands, which is scheduled to play its quarterfinals matchup on Friday, against either seventh-seeded Sterling or 10th-seeded Triton.

As for Southern Regional, following a first-round bye, the third-seeded Rams are scheduled to play their quarterfinal contest against either sixth-seeded Egg Harbor Township or 11th-seeded Vineland on Wednesday, Oct. 23, with the chance to advance to the semifinals to face the winner of a quarterfinals matchup between second-seeded and unbeaten Kingsway and 10th-seeded Washington Township. Eastern Regional is the top seed in the section.

Girls, Boys Soccer
Seeded for NJSIAA Tourney

With the girls and boys soccer state tournaments slated to start Saturday or early next week – most girls’ first-round games likely will be the former and the boys’ first-round games the latter – South Jersey Group II for the girls will immediately be interesting for fifth-seeded Pinelands and 12th-seeded Barnegat because they’re scheduled to play each other. The local winner will advance to the quarterfinals to meet either fourth-seeded Delran or 13th-seeded Middle Township on Oct. 31.

As for the Southern girls, South Jersey Group IV is not a friendly section. The 13th-seeded Rams likely will play all their games on the road, the first of which will be at Shawnee, which earned the fifth seed. A victory would send the Rams to meet either fifth-seeded Millville or 12th-seeded Kingsway.

Interestingly, all the local boys squads will play at home for their first-round contests.

In South Jersey Group IV, Southern received the fifth seed and will host 12th-seeded Williamstown. If the Rams advance to the quarterfinals, they would meet either fourth-seeded and Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial, which defeated the Rams 1-0 several weeks ago, or 13th-seeded Rancocas Valley.

In South Jersey Group III, Pinelands earned the sixth seed and will play its opening-round game against 11th-seeded Seneca, the winner advancing to take on either third-seeded Mainland or 14th-seeded Timber Creek in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Barnegat received the seventh seed in South Jersey Group II and will play its first-round match against 10th-seeded Sterling, with the winner moving on to play either second-seeded Oakcrest or 15th-seeded Haddon Heights in the quarters.

— David Biggy

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