The Hawthorne, Eastern Christian and Hawthorne Christian high school girls volleyball teams were trying to get into the Final Four of the Passaic County circuit only to be ousted last week.

The fifth-seeded Lady Bears squad had the toughest loss as they went three games, only to lose in extra points to Clifton, 13-25, 26-24, 26-28 on Saturday in Clifton.

Eastern Christian’s drive in the Passaic County Tournament came to an end as the ninth-seeded Lady Eagles lost in two straight games at top-seeded DePaul, 25-19, 25-18, on Oct. 17 in the county quarterfinals.

Despite losing in two straight games Eastern Christian played well and gave the Lady Spartans a run for their money. Jayna Van Buiten collected five kills to lead the Lady Eagles offense, while Kyali Shattuck added 11 digs. The Eastern Christian defense could not stop DePaul’s Cassie Hackett who had a match high dozen kills. The Lady Eagles dropped to 7-11 on the season.

Another Gazette area team fell in the Passaic County quarterfinals as Hawthorne Christian dropped in two straight games at Passaic Valley, 25-22, 25-17, on Oct. 17 in Little Falls. The Lady Defenders dropped to 11-7.

In a battle of local teams, Eastern Christian defeated Mary Help again, this time 25-13, 25-19, last Thursday in North Haledon. Van Buiten had 17 assists to lead the Lady Eagles. Michelle Van Dyke led Eastern Christian in kills with eight, while Mary Help’s Rachel Rigolosi had four kills to lead the Blue Jays in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Colonial division contest.

Hawthorne Christian rebounded after the loss in the county tournament in fine fashion with a straight set win over Dwight Englewood on Friday, 25-15, 25-18. Giana Brucella, Lindsay McDermott and Anna Cingale led the Lady Defenders in kills with five, assists with seven and digs with 10 respectively. Hawthorne Christian was 12-7.

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