Eastern Christian became the first lower seed to win at the Passaic County girls volleyball tournament.
The No. 9 Eagles defeated No. 8 Mary Help, 25-9, 25-22, in Wednesday’s first round in North Haledon to avenge a regular-season loss to their NJIC Colonial Division rival.
Senior Michelle Van Dyke had nine kills and sophomore Jayna Van Buiten 20 assists as Eastern Christian (5-9) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Senior Sarah Bruinooge added 15 digs and the Eagles will face top-seeded and defending champion DePaul in the quarterfinals.
Junior Allison Jewett had 10 kills and junior Hannah Dougan 16 assists for the Bears, while Yvette Rivera and Khadija Malloy each had four kills for No. 12 Passaic.
Senior Niki Carillo had five kills and a block, junior Courtney Kells and junior Michelle Ziegler combined for 11 assists, and senior Cassidy Markowski had eight digs and seven serves points for the Indians.
— Greg Mattura