North Jersey Interscholastic Conference girls volleyball season in review, 2014

Bogota’s Amanda Manzo is the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Player of the Year. (Ed Murray | For NJ Advance Media)
 By  Brian Deakyne | For NJ Advance Media

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: For the first time in four years, Bogota didn’t win a Group 1 state title, but setter Amanda Manzo had one of the best seasons of her career.

Manzo, a junior, collected 530 assists to lead Bogota, No. 8 in the Top 20, to a 24-4 record and a trip to the Group 1 final, where it fell to No. 3 Secaucus.

With Carly O’Sullivan lost to graduation, Manzo efficiently utilized her weapons this season as Kelliann Brown finished with 258 kills and Samantha Gioiosa tallied 236 kills.

Manzo’s biggest performance of the season came in a victory over No. 12 West Morris on Sept. 24 as she collected 32 assists. She registered at least 20 assists in 15 of Bogota’s 28 matches this season.

AROUND THE NORTH JERSEY INTERSCHOLASTIC CONFERENCE: After sitting behind Bogota for years, Secaucus finally broke through this season as it defeated Bogota twice — once in the regular season and again in the Group 1 final — to win its first state title since 2006.

With a talent-loaded lineup featuring outside hitter Julia McClure, setter Kendall Caruso, and libero Andie Lennon, Secaucus put together an incredible 33-win season with its only two losses coming against No. 1 Immaculate Heart.

Glen Rock, led by star outside hitter Meghan Donohue, had a strong season as it reached the semifinal round of the Group 1 tournament before falling to Bogota. It had regular season defeats against Bogota and Secaucus.

Becton flew under the radar as one of the top teams in the record as it finished 25-5. Elmwood Park posted a 20-9 record, led by outside hitter Victoria Stec (389 kills) and setter Juliana Romero (560 assists).