Belleville HS girls’ volleyball team advances to ECT quarterfinals

BELLEVILLE, NJ – The ninth-seeded Belleville High School girls’ varsity volleyball team defeated eighth-seeded Millburn in a three-set thriller in the Essex County Tournament first round on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Millburn.

The Bucs won the first set, 25-18. Millburn came back to win the second set, 25-21. Belleville won the decisive third set, 25-21.

The Bucs, who won their third straight match to improve to a 14-8 record, will visit top-seeded Verona in the quarterfinals on or by Oct. 25.

Belleville stats vs. Millburn:

Clarisse Abanilla: 6 service points (2 aces), 2 kills, 1 assist, 5 digs.

Justine Areola: 4 digs.

Susan Asali: 13 service points (3 aces), 1 kill, 1 block, 2 digs.

Gianna Benacquista: 4 service points, 14 kills, 4 blocks.

Kiara Collazo: 4 service points, 13 kills, 8 digs.

Giselle Luna: 3 service points, 17 digs.

Natalia Peralta: 2 kills, 4 blocks.

Natasha Sanchez: 6 service points (1 ace), 3 kills, 28 assists, 5 digs.