Diggers with Determination

“I didn’t need to talk them up,” said East Brunswick head coach Christian Portera on his team’s mindset after two sets. “That second set helped the momentum going into the third. We fought hard to win that second set. We went back in tough and we were able to persevere, and I’m really proud of them for that.”

Diggers with Determination

Dina Elhaddad, Bear Hub Staff

“This season, we have a little bit of a different outlook,” said Coach Portera on competing in the time of COVID-19. “Right now, any game could be our last. At any point, we may have to shut down for two weeks. So every day, every point, we go out and work our hardest and try to have fun.” This outlook engraved into their play style and minds works well.

The Bears beat Old Bridge 2-0 twice, on March 16 and on April 1st, boosting their victory streak and pushing them further up the roster. East Brunswick in a close game against J.P. Stevens, won 2-1. “East Brunswick played great today,” said J.P. Stevens head coach Anthony White after the tough loss. “We had opportunities at the end of the second set to finish the match, and we weren’t able to get it done. It’s a compliment to [coach] Christian Portera, he did a very good job with the team.”

These phenomenal girls propelled forward, winning every game that they faced. During their game with South Brunswick on March 30th, Paige Anania swept through the competition with 10 kills, 3 digs, and 6 aces, assisted by Ysabella Sapienza who contributed 13 assists and 3 aces to the victory, resulting in a 2-0 win.

The team climbed up the ranking, defeating everyone in their path, keeping the confidence and their determined attitudes in order to keep their streak. There is little to no doubt that these extraordinary and remarkable girls will be able to support themselves as they enlarge their wins in the future, and climb the state ranks further.