Immaculate Conception is enjoying its finest start in the history of its girls volleyball program.
A lineup filled with multi-sport athletes is 10-0 and leads the NJIC Meadowlands Division entering today’s matchup at North Arlington.
“The girls are very, very coachable and they have a great attitude toward every practice and every game, and it’s refreshing,” said third-year coach Christine Toskovich.
Those 10 wins surpass last year’s total, when the Blue Wolves were 9-15, and features a sweep over Wood-Ridge and a three-set win over Wallington. Last season, the all-girls school in Lodi lost both meetings against Wood-Ridge and Wallington.
Several Blue Wolves have contributed to the team’s turnaround and helped earn the No. 15 spot in The Record Top 15.
Senior hitter Shannon Truppi is the leader on and off the court and “has the heart of a champion,” Toskovich said, while junior hitter Izabella Kossakowska is the team’s “most improved player.”
Sophomore middle Sam Fuehring has made the offense, “must faster and much more dynamic,” Toskovich said.
Junior setter Amanda Zielinski guides the attack, and senior defensive specialist Meghan Gilhooley is a steady passer. Junior middle Kaitlin McGeown “has come so far the last month-and-a-half,” Toskovich said.
“I’m not surprised, I’m proud,” said Toskovich, who hopes her team can win its division and at least one game apiece in the Bergen County and state Non-Public tournaments. “I knew that we can be a competitive team.”
Toskovich starred at Garfield and played against Immaculate Conception and remembers the perception of the Blue Wolves was quite different several years ago.