NJ.com’s All-State girls volleyball teams, 2019 – nj.com


It’s time to start recognizing some of the best talent New Jersey had to offer during the 2019 season.

Today NJ Advance Media will release its final Top 20, final group rankings, All-Group players and more.

First, let’s dive into the 24 players that have really stepped into the spotlight this fall.

Scroll down to check out the 2019 All-State teams.

Jenna Rogers, Rutherford Volleyball

George McNish | For NJ Advance Media

Jenna Rogers (13) of Rutherford celebrates a made point during girls high school volley ball action Wood-Ridge plays Rutherford. 9/24/18 George McNish | For NJ Advance Media

FIRST TEAM

Anna Morris, Immaculate Heart, Sr.

Morris backed up a stellar junior season with a dominant showing as a senior. She surpassed 413 kills, breaking 1,000 in the process, and added 91 blocks and 56 assists. Morris averaged an eye-opening 10.9 kills per game. Her well-rounded game continued to blossom and she had 56 aces, giving her a total of 114 in her final two years with the Blue Eagles. The senior will move on to Northwestern, where she’ll play basketball.

Jenna Rogers, Rutherford, Sr. (pictured)

You really couldn’t have asked for a bigger final season than the one Rogers put up. Despite her team falling in the Group 2 final for the second year, she and the team re-wrote the record books for Rutherford. The 31 wins were a program record and Rogers was able to set the all-time kills record, single-season kills record and career digs record over the course of this season. She had 471 total kills in 2019 to go with 64 blocks and 66 aces.

Lauren Wilcock, Mendham, Jr.

Mendham’s history books were also re-written this season and Wilcock was a big reason why. The strong junior recorded 434 kills, more than doubling last year’s output of 192. Her contributions didn’t stop there, as she also had 46 assists, 279 digs, 30 aces and 14 blocks. Her play helped power the team to its first state title ever and eventually into the Tournament of Champions final.

Nylene Mateo, Bogota, Sr.

Bogota won its 10th Group 1 title in the last 12 seasons and it was Mateo leading the way. The senior led the state in kills with 526, which also established a new high. She managed to surpass 20 kills in seven games, most coming in the last half of the season. Mateo used this outstanding season to surpass the 1,000 career kills mark.

Lizzie Patterson, Immaculate Heart, Sr.

Another senior that had a tremendous impact on Immaculate Heart’s roll over the past few years, Patterson is as solid a second hitter as there is in the state. She finished with over 190 kills for the second season in a row and was once again a force from the service line with 39 aces. She recorded double-digit kills in three matches this year and also had a total of 18 blocks. She will continue her volleyball career to the Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall.

Lauryn Hansford, Hudson Catholic, Sr.

What a year it was for Hansford. She helped guide her Hudson Catholic squad to yet another Hudson County title and the team marched to the quarterfinal of the Non-Public Tournament. It was another successful season for her team but also one she will cherish personally. The senior went off for an astounding 849 assists to go with 82 aces and 40 kills. The assists were a career-high in one season and ballooned her career total to a breathtaking 2,583.

Summer Wroniuk, Williamstown, Sr.

Wroniuk proved that she, and the rest of the Williamstown defense, could contend with anybody on the other side of the court. The Braves won their first state title since 2012 with a win over reigning champ North Hunterdon. She had 36 digs in the last two games alone and finished her final season for Williamstown with 353. She can also hurt opponents on the offensive side of the ball with 52 aces. The senior drew rave reviews for her play on the court from multiple coaches and players around the state.

Alex Kwasnik, Union Catholic, Sr.

Like Szyskiewicz, Kwasnik ended her Union Catholic career in style. Her kills total of 290 not only led the team but rose by nearly 100 from her mark of 193 from 2018. She had arguably her best year at the net, going for 84 blocks and also did damage serving with 43 aces. The University of Cincinnati commit was a big reason Union Catholic was able to punch a ticket to the Non-Public final once again.

JP Stevens Simrin Carlsen volleyball

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Simrin Carlsen (facing camera) celebrates a point against Hudson Catholic.

SECOND TEAM

Liv Szyszkiewicz, Union Catholic, Sr.

Szyszkiewicz has raised her level of play each year she was in the Union Catholic program and that trend didn’t stop in 2019. She picked up 232 kills on the year, ending her career with 663. As has always been the case, her contributions don’t stop there. Szyszkiewicz also added 280 digs and 229 service points. She also notched 53 more aces to close out her high school career with a stellar 272 aces. She’s heading to Jacksonville University for beach volleyball.

MacKenzie Wiggins, Sparta, Jr.

Wiggins burst onto the scene in her first year in New Jersey after transferring from Texas. Things started well with 55 kills in her first seven games but she took off after that. The junior went on to record over 20 kills in six matches and ended her season with 403. One of which became the 1,000th of her career. She helped her team nearly reach the Group 2 final before bowing out in the semifinals

Simrin Carlsen, J.P. Stevens, Jr. (pictured)

Carlsen was a tower of power this season for J.P. Stevens. She rolled to 402 kills on the season, 176 coming in her last 11 games. She now has over 800 kills on her career with a very promising senior season ahead. Her efforts helped the Hawks win their second GMC title in a row as well as push to the Group 4 quarterfinals.

Aayinde Smith, Cherry Hill East, Sr.

Smith turned into one of the most dominant middle blockers not only in South Jersey, but the state as well. She closed her career by helping Cherry Hill East become one of the top teams in the Olympic Conference and in Group 4 overall. Her career came to an end with a loss to Southern in the Group 4 quarterfinals.

Chrissy Chu, Old Tappan, Jr.

It was another terrific season for Chu and the rest of the Golden Knights. Her junior season was the breakout campaign and this year was all about rising into stardom. Her 532 assists pushed her beyond the 1,000 mark in her career in just two full seasons as a varsity setter. As the game got bigger, she stood up and delivered. She averaged 26.87 assists in her last seven games, which included a Bergen County Tournament final victory over Immaculate Heart.

Lizzie Patterson, Immaculate Heart, Sr.

Another senior that had a tremendous impact on Immaculate Heart’s roll over the past few years, Patterson is as solid a second hitter as there is in the state. She finished with over 190 kills for the second season in a row and was once again a force from the service line with 39 aces. She recorded double-digit kills in three matches this year and also had a total of 18 blocks. She will continue her volleyball career to the Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall.

Audrey Leak, Dwight-Englewood, Sr.

Leak proved once again she can be one of the more dominant hitters in the state with a 381-kill senior season, which was nearly 100 more than her previous career-high. She was another player to break through the 1,000-kill mark in her career. The Yale University commit also recorded 56 aces and 184 digs and helped lead her team to the Non-Public semifinals and final of the NJIC Girls Volleyball Championship.

Madison DeMartini, Demarest, Sr.

DeMartini had a big role to handle for this year’s Demarest team. The squad was young heading into the season with only a couple starters returning from 2018’s championship run. DeMartini gave the team a steadying presence on the defensive side of the ball and collected 446 digs along with 22 blocks and 49 aces. Her career closes with over 850 digs and a second consecutive state title.

Girls Volleyball: Shore Conference Tournament semis & finals

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Brick Memorial’s Kate Stoughton (5) and Kiara Richards (15) celebrate a point during the girls volleyball Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and finals between Southern, Donovan Catholic, Brick Memorial, and Toms River South at Georgian Court in Lakewood, NJ on 10-25-19.

THIRD TEAM

Uzi Ijoma, Westfield, Sr.

Ijoma closed her junior year with 94 kills and nearly doubled that in a solid final year with Westfield. She led the team with 173 kills and chipped in elsewhere with 15 blocks and 25 aces. She played her best when it mattered most, going for 45 kills in her last four games. Next up for Ijoma is continuing her volleyball career at Case Western Reserve University.

Jalen Wynn, Holy Angels, Sr.

Wynn has been nothing but consistent for Holy Angels in her time with the program. As a full-time starter, she’s never failed to pick up lower than 100 kills in a season and finished with 634 overall after setting a career-high with 241 in 2019. What’s more, Wynn’s play got stronger as the season progressed. She averaged 8.38 kills per match in her first 13 games. That average rose to 11 over her last 10. Wynn was also a big piece of the puzzle defensively with 157 digs.

Maeve Duffin, Immaculate Heart, Sr.

Duffin was terrific in one of the two setting position for Immaculate Heart and reached the 500-assist plateau for the first time in her career. She ended the season picking up at least 10 assists in 13 consecutive games. That production also helped the senior eclipse 1,000 in her career.

Eleanor Stothoff, North Hunterdon, Jr.

The junior took on an expanded role for North Hunterdon this season and met the challenge head-on. She did a lot for a team that made it to the Group 4 for the second season in a row, recording 232 kills (a career-high), 45 blocks, 162 digs, 24 aces and 11 assists. She passed 10 kills in a match 11 times and has one more year of volleyball ahead to try and make it two state titles.

Kate Stoughton, Brick Memorial, So.

With 235 kills in her freshman season, it was clear Stoughton was on her way to a great career with Brick Memorial. She didn’t do anything to dispel those feelings as she erupted for 336 this fall. Stoughton formed a great duo with her sister Sydney and Brick Memorial rolled to the Shore Conference semifinals. The sophomore was a major force from the service line, where she recorded 93 aces.

Aayinde Smith, Cherry Hill East, Sr.

Smith turned into one of the most dominant middle blockers not only in South Jersey, but the state as well. She closed her career by helping Cherry Hill East become one of the top teams in the Olympic Conference and in Group 4 overall. Her career came to an end with a loss to Southern in the Group 4 quarterfinals.

Najlaa Williams, Union Catholic, Sr.

You need a good libero to make a run to the Non-Public final and that’s what Union Catholic has had in Williams. She closed her career with a 313-dig season, 51 coming in the last four games alone. Helping the team push to the Non-Public final wasn’t her only accomplishment. She also helped drive the Vikings to their second-consecutive Union County title.

Gianna Schiattarella, Southern, Sr.

Schiattarella was stellar in her junior season with 227 kills and 38 aces. In turn, Southern marched to the Group 4 final. This season, she kept improving and put up 276 kills, a career-high and added 110 digs and 19 aces. Southern was able to bring its Shore Conference title drought to an end and made it to the Group 4 semifinals before falling to North Hunterdon. Schiattarella was able to make her mark on history, surpassing 1,000 kills and becoming the program’s all-time kills leader.

Raina Hughes, Williamstown, Jr.

Williamstown needed a few players to exceed expectations with injuries taking its toll and Hughes was one of the biggest ones to shine. As the year wore on, the junior became more comfortable in her role and became a big force in the state tournament. She had 49 kills in tournament play, most importantly 16 in a win over North Hunterdon to give the program its first state title since 2012.

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