Region Report Week 2: Northeast Region
Welcome to the HS Regional Report. The Northeast Region got the ball rolling with rapid pace this past week.
New Jersey began play with a number of tournaments this weekend but the biggest one was the Jersey Classic. Paramus High served as host for a slew NJ’s top 20 teams including the eventual winner and perennial powerhouse Immaculate Heart Academy.
The Blue Eagles were perfect on the day and defeated #5 in the state Union Catholic in the finals after trailing early 10-5. Last year’s NJ Gatorade Player of the Year Anna Morris finished with six kills in the single set final.
Union Catholic punched their ticket to the finals by the smallest of margins (29-27) over #14 in the state Westfield High.
Regionally ranked #18, Bogota took a tough loss to unranked Governor Livingston in the silver bracket finals. This tournament may have a significant impact on this week’s Regional HS Rankings for sure.
In Montrose, New York, #17 Hendrick Hudson hosted their annual tournament in which they made it to the finals, losing to Cornwall Central in just a single set championship match.
On their way to the finals, the Sailors defeated #11 in the Northeast Region Shenendehowa 2-0 as well as #19 Old Tappan (NJ).
This weekend saw the top teams in the state of Pennsylvania at the Wilson Bulldog invitational. Southern Lehigh took the crown up against State College High. On route to the finals, the Spartans took down the #5 team in the region, Bald Eagle Area. The Bald Eagles were without their starting libero Lexi Skripek but made it to the quarterfinal match.
Unranked Baldwinsville defeated # 13 in the region Burnt Hills in the finals of the Harold Van Earden Memorial Tournament in three sets.
#6 Barnstable is finally on the board with their first match and win of the season, 3-0 over Notre Dame Academy. #7 Newton North also notches their first win of the season over unranked Walpole, 3-0.
#4 Victor also tallied a win after beating #8 Gates-Chili in three straight sets.
Stay tuned for some big shake-ups in this week’s Regional HS Rankings on Friday.