Congratulations to Roadrunner
Women’s Volleyball Team and head Coach Rebecca Pierson for winning the Garden
State Athletic Conference Championship (GSAC) on Oct. 12—the team’s first state
Saturday's 3-0 triumph over visiting Brookdale Community College, Pierson let
her team in on a little secret — they had just clinched a share of the Garden
State Athletic Conference championship.
thought we would just let them play the game and then hopefully tell them the
good news later," said the smiling coach afterwards.
her fourth season at the helm, Pierson has guided her Roadrunners to the college’s
first-ever GSAC title. The Runners, who swept all three sets by scores of
25-23, 25-20, and 25-21, improved to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in the GSAC to share
the crown with Raritan Valley Community College. The victory was their eighth
in a row.
one sophomore on the roster, Pierson's team began the season with a 1-4 record
against tough regional competition. But then team members banded together to
win 10 of their next 11 as well as a share of the GSAC title.
young ladies didn't know each other at all when the season started, but they
really came together," said Pierson who guided the program to its first
Region XIX playoff berth last season. "We are so proud of their
achievements and the hard work they put in all season long to get where they
plenty of heroes Saturday, starting with freshmen standouts Katie Burrichter
(libero, Our Lady of
Mercy) and Lauren Coffey
never played as teammates, but we had played against each other in high school
and in traveling leagues," said Burrichter. "We got to know each
other well pretty quickly — turns out we make a great team."
said Coffey, who did not play her first game until several matches into the
I arrived, I knew a lot of the players, just not as teammates," she said.
"This has been a great experience."
playing key roles were sophomore setter Taylor Caldas
outside hitter Lina Russo
(Cherry Hill), outside hitter Macenzie Long
hitter Syasia Bryant
(Arts High Newark), and
right hitter Samantha Kosche
The team has earned a top-3 seed in
the upcoming NJCAA Region XIX Tournament.
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