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Senior Sam Ashton recorded her 1,000th career assist during the Colonia High School girls volleyball team’s straight sets sweep of Monroe in Thursday’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament semifinals.
With the win, Colonia (17-6) advanced to the championship against East Brunswick, which will be contested at J.P. Stevens High School on Saturday at noon.
Ashton entered the semifinal needing 15 assists to reach the milestone and finished the match with 17 assists.
“Sam’s a great girl,” Colonia head coach Tom Hennessy said. “She’s everything you want in a player. She works hard. She listens. She’s very coachable, too. She gets to every ball. She never gives up. And she’s a great teammate. That’s the most important thing. She roots her team on more than herself.”
Hennessy scheduled several Top 20 foes – including Westfield, Union Catholic, North Hunterdon and Mount Olive – to ensure the Patriots would be battle-tested for a run to the conference tournament final.
Colonia 2, Monroe 0
Game scores: 25-23, 25-17
Highlights: Monroe: Aya Cariaso 3 kills, 2 digs; Simone Girgis 2 aces, 16 assists, block; Alyssa Herrington 8 digs; Alyssa Johler 2 aces, kill, 3 digs; Tara Pietrulewicz ace, 7 kills, 7 digs; Kayla Robinson 5 kills, block; Colonia: Sam Ashton 2 aces, 4 kills, 17 assists, 8 digs; Christina Blauvelt 5 digs; Andrea Camacho-Tenreiro kill, assist; Camila Camacho-Tenreiro 3 aves, 7 kills, block, 9 digs; Patience Heath 3 kills, 7 blocks, dig; Manuela Martinez 11 kills, block, 11 digs; Angelina Wintonick ace, dig; Sophia Wintonick ace, assist, 3 digs. Records: Monroe 18-3, Colonia 17-6.
Somerset County Tournament final
Ridge 2, Mount St. Mary 0
Game scores: 25-9, 25-16
Highlights: Ridge: Evelina Adamczyk 2 aces, 5 kills, 1.5 blocks, dig; Elena Bosio 3 digs; Isabela Garcia 2 kills, block, 3 digs; Zoe Pan 19 assists, block, 5 digs; Peyton Robb 6 kills, 2 digs; Julia Syrdahl 4 kills, 2 blocks; Rachel Tam ace, assist, 13 digs; Chelsea Winegar ace, 4 kills, 9 digs. Records: Ridge 20-0, Mount St. Mary 16-
Somerset County Tournament semifinals
Mount St. Mary 2, Montgomery 0
Game scores: 30-28, 25-17
Highlights: Montgomery: Abrianna Barrett 9 kills, 3 digs; Sydney Bickel kill, block; Christine Cirullo 3 digs; Emma Fogarty 4 kills, 7 digs; Julia Loffredo kill, block, 5 digs, 16 assists, ace; Elise Randolph 6 kills, block, 3 digs, 2 assists; Melodie Wang 12 digs, assist; Sara Zembur block, 2 digs, ace. Records: Mount St. Mary 16-2, Montgomery 15-7.
Ridge 2, Bridgewater-Raritan 0
Game scores: 25-23, 25-12
Highlights: Ridge: Evelina Adamczyk 6 kills, 3 blocks; Isabela Garcia ace, 3 kills, block, 3 digs; Sophia Maggio ace, kill; Zoe Pan ace, kill, 18 assists, block, 9 digs; Peyton Robb ace, 2 kills, 5 digs; Julia Syrdahl 5 kills, 4 blocks, dig; Rachel Tam 2 aces, assist, 8 digs; Chelsea Winegar 3 kills, 2 digs. Records: Ridge 20-0, Bridgewater-Raritan 8-15.
GMC Tournament semifinals
East Brunswick 2, South Brunswick 0
Game scores: 25-12, 25-13
Highlights: South Brunswick: Alexis Adams kill, 2 blocks; Bella Burzynski 9 assists, 3 digs; Raquel Ferrera kill; Kelly Matuszewski ace, 3 kills, 4 digs; Sariyah Mushchette 2 kills, dig; Brianna Newson 3 kills, 7 digs; Kirsten Thorne dig; Olivia Violante assist, 10 digs; East Brunswick: Samantha Balsamo 2 aces, 2 kills, 15 assists, 7 digs; Kayla Benesz ace, 5 kills, 6 assists, block, 3 digs; Emilie Chinchar 2 kills, 3 blocks; Lavanya Collapancheri kill, block, dig; Jordyn Hororwitz 9 kills, 6 digs; Faith Hutson 2 digs; Dena Kolupaev ace, 6 digs; Dina Zemlyanker ace, 2 digs; Celina Zhou 5 kills. Records: South Brunswick 15-7, East Brunswick 16-4.
Highland Park 2, South Plainfield 1
Game scores: 25-18, 23-25, 25-9
Highlights: South Plainfield: Nancy Tran 2 kills, 6 digs, 9 assists; Mackenzie O’Brien 5 kills, block, 11 digs, assist, 3 aces; Skyler Staats kill, 5 digs, ace; Jordyn Simmons 2 kills, 2 digs, ace; Anya Wilson 5 kills, block, 4 digs; Highland Park: Emily Bills 8 kills, 2 digs, 8 aces; Demi Michael 2 kills, block, ace; Angela Polos 3 kills, block, dig, 2 aces; Sophia Polos 2 digs; Ana Starcevic 2 kills, 3 block; Dasha Telysheva 26 assists, ace; Liz Telysheva 10 kills, block, dig, 2 assists, 2 aces; Isa Toval 6 aces. Records: South Plainfield 9-16, Highland Park 14-2.
GMC Tournament semifinals
Monroe 4, North Brunswick 2: Matt Hoyt led top-seeded Monroe (17-1-2) with two goals and one assist. Liam Craver finished with one goal and one assist. Brendan Deal also scored. Adrian Dilascio had one assist and Nick Rios made four saves. For No. 5 North Brunswick (16-4), Fabrizzio Reyes tallied one goal and one assist. DJ Cobb also scored.
South Brunswick 2, Old Bridge 1: Jake Stump scored twice and Dylan Inguardi had both assists as second-seeded South Brunswick (15-3-1) advanced. Justin Cross finished with five saves. For No. 11 Old Bridge (10-9-1), John-Michael Aldorasi scored on an assist from Christian McCartney. Cody Norton made nine saves.
Prep B semifinals
Gill St. Bernard’s 4, Princeton Day 0: Andrew Moglianesi recorded a hat trick as third-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s (11-6-1) defeated second-seeded Princeton Day (10-7). Jordan Canica finsihed with one goal and one assist. Andrew Amarro added two assists. Tyler Merna had one assist and Alex Roch made nine saves.
Somerville 2, Bernards 1: Scott Byrouty scored both goals for Somerville (13-5-1). Brandon Morales and AJ Quade added assists. Julian Franco made seven saves. For Bernards (7-5-4), Nico Arza scored on an assist from Joel Parades. Andres Lezme made 11 saves.
Carteret 5, Union 2: Nicolas Gaffafo recorded a hat trick and two assists for Carteret (10-9). Sukhpal Singh finished with one goal and one assist. Sahil Brar also scored. Jordan Almandares and Jefferson Sanchez each had one assist. Foti Xadia made three saves.
St. Joseph (Met.) 2, J.P. Stevens 0: Matt Cruz and Nick Cruz scored for St. Joseph (9-9). Matthew Pinho added one assist and Ryan McSwieney made three saves. For J.P. Stevens (5-12-2), Max Glinn finished with nine saves.
New Providence 5, Roselle 1: James Miller and Joe Crisafi each scored twice for New Providence (13-4). Devin Mulligan also scored. Ben Peng tallied three assists. Matt Byrnes and Chris Kang each had one assist. Dillon Konzelmann and Tyler Lawton combined for nine saves.
Belvidere 3, South Hunterdon 1: Conlan Paventi scored on an assist from Joe Armstrong for South Hunterdon (9-4-2). Ryan Balog made eight saves.
Union Catholic 2, Roselle Park 0: Alex Parillo scored twice for Union Catholic (9-3-2). Sebastian Moralez had both assists and Connor Reilly finished with seven saves.
Dayton 1, Rahway 0: Oscar Ortiz finished with eight saves for Rahway (7-7-2).
Warren Hills 2, Voorhees 1 (2OT): Yachine Wahnon scored for Voorhees (8-10-2) and Teddy Stafford made nine saves.
Linden 10, Eagle Academy 0: Patrick Silva led Linden (2-13-2) with two goals and one assist. Brian Carvalhoso finished with one goal and two assists. Matthew DeCosta added one goal and one assist. Brandon Carvalhoso, Robins Etienne, Christopher Nowak, Andrew Pachon, Joseph Rojas and Ricardo Toussaint also scored. Frederick Velez had one assist.
Middlesex 5, Keyport 3: Reony Hislop led Middlesex (8-12) with two goals. Rhys Lee recorded one goal and one assist. Diego Ortiz and Adam Seoudy also scored. Omar Seoudy chipped in two assists. Bryan Velasquez and Diego Naranjo added assists. Chris Cuadros made four saves.
South River 2, Colonia 1 (OT): Kyle Santos scored twice for South River (9-7-2). For Colonia (3-16), Riley Kirejevas scored on an assist from Gabriel Cruz.
Bound Brook 2, Rutgers Prep 1 (OT): Marco Matinez and Christopher Antunes scored for Bound Brook (10-7-2). Erick Morales added one assist and Obrian Arias made three saves. For Rutgers Prep (4-14), Demetri Zambas scored on an assist from Ryan Mangini. Cameron Burton made eight saves.
Fair Lawn 4, Ridge 3 (OT): Franklin Arcos, Carter Kalustyan and Mark Stachowski scored for Ridge (4-11). Jimmy Waldron added one assist and Jason Clingensmith made eight saves.
Montgomery 5, Immaculata 2: Omar Hassanin recorded a hat trick for Montgomery (8-6-1). Trent Kettelkamp chipped in one goal and one assist. Vincent Malgrange also scored. Charlie Rodgers added three assists. Jason Edelstein tallied one assist. Lance DeSantis and Nick Millett combined for seven saves. For Immaculata (8-8), Michael Golankiewicz and Joseph Oliveri scored. Anthony Ivanov made four saves.
Pingry 1, Franklin 0: Pranav Jha scored on assist from Alexy Alin-Hvidsten to lead Pingry (12-4-1) as head coach Miller Bugliari won his 850th game. Owen Wolfson made three saves.
GMC Tournament semifinals
Old Bridge 3, Piscataway 2 (OT): Dominique Lovallo led second-seeded Old Bridge (16-3) with one goal and one assist. Nichole Adams and Lauren Corless also scored. Sierra Stevenson added one assist. Cidney Lee-Sam and Chelsea Lee-Sam combined for six saves. For third-seeded Piscataway (10-8), Hunter Samuel and Jordyn Allen scored.
Somerville 3, Bernards 1: Christina Cernuto scored twice for Somerville (11-1-2). Sarah Merchant also scored. Kylie Sullivan finished with two assists. Emily Cleary added one assist and Lauren Ciufo made three saves.
Rutgers Prep 6, Bound Brook 0: Mia Yanogacio led Rutgers Prep (17-2) with two goals. Amanda Aloia, Andrea Gamboa, Taylor Williams and Thara Kalvala also scored. Macey Mento and Isabella Pellecchia each had one assist. Niya Parikh and Emma Littman combined for two saves. For Bound Brook (3-15), Nicole Romero made 13 saves.
Montgomery 1, Lawrence 0: Neena O’Mara scored on an assist from Allison Stockburger to lift Montgomery (6-10-1). Alison Walsh finished with five saves.
Mount St. Mary 5, Immaculata 1: Sabrina DiIorio led Mount St. Mary (13-4-1) with one goal and two assists. Emma Bedell added one goal and one assist. Abigail Gagliano, Kaitlin O’Malley and Alaina Parisella also scored. Grace Zamora had one assist. For Immaculata (3-9-1), Isabella Ambrico scored on an assist from Teri Jackson. Chloe Martin made two saves.
Voorhees 1, Warren Hills 0: Natalie Young scored for Voorhees (6-11-1). Jenna Baranek finished with six saves.
South River 2, Perth Amboy 1: Sophia DiGiovanni finished with one goal and one assist for South River (12-7). Jennie Szabo also scored. Tori Pinto made three saves. Isabella Sosa scored for Perth Amboy (4-16). Danya Reynoso made seven saves.
New Brunswick 4, Perth Amboy Tech 0: Abigail Luengas scored twice for New Brunswick (6-15). Citlaly Camarillo and Kim Romero also scored.
Somerset Tech 6, Noor-ul-iman 2: Sonia Purohit recorded a hat trick and one assist and Molly Foster had a hat trick for Somerset Tech (11-6). Jenna Molfetta had one assist and Liliana Gomez made eight saves.
North Plainfield 5, Manville 1: Ashley Atubi scored all five goals for North Plainfield (5-10). For Manville (7-12), Isabella Sanchez scored and Vanessa Ramirez made 16 saves.
North 2 Group II
Voorhees 7, South Plainfield 1: Erin Shaw recorded a hat trick and Brooke Hyland scored twice for fifth-seeded Voorhees (14-5). Laura Chen and Sarah Matyas each added one goal and one assist. Cassie Boyce and Madison Ogorzalek each had two assists. Courtney Wellet made five saves. For fourth-seeded South Plainfield (13-6-2), Lynda Farinella scored on an assist from Haley Olsen. Tatianna Sutor made 19 saves.
Bernards 6, Gov. Livingston 0: Lily Simon led second-seeded Bernards (19-1-1) with two goals. Lilly Hengerer, Harley Rosenzweig and Annie Thomas all finished with one goal and one assist. Meghen Hengerer also scored. Missy Connolly made one save. Aislinn O’Keefe made 12 saves for seventh-seeded Governor Livingston (10-9-1).
Rumson-Fair Haven 12, Somerville 0: Gianna Duddy recorded 20 saves as ninth-seeded Somerville (10-10) fell to top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven (17-2).
Watchung Hills 3, North Plainfield 2 (OT): Alexis Beechner, Ava Neiman and Seirra Sharma all scored for Watchung Hills (2-16). Madeline Gully had one assist and Sarah Bruno made one save. For North Plainfield (1-12-3), Jessica Cerdena and Jacqueline Nguyen scored. Janis Lima had one assist. Tori Fellin finished with 23 saves.
North Hunterdon 3, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 2 (OT): Becca Baucom scored twice for North Hunterdon (2-15-1). Sana Sarker added one goal and one assist. Lexi Poniatowski and Maria Ricciardi each had one assist. Caroline Petrie made five saves. Cassidy Novello led Scotch Plains-Fanwood (4-10) with one goal and one assist. Julia Barnes also scored and Kelly Nitti made 15 saves.