Jersey Mike’s Week 2 Girls Volleyball Team of the Week: Southern Regional
Simply put, those two words define the Southern Rams Girls Volleyball program. As the number one team at the shore and ranked number one in New Jersey, the Rams are coming off of a 31-1 campaign in 2022 and have not wavered for a moment starting the 2023 season 12-0. But, do not be mistaken, it has been no cake walk as Coach Eric Maxwell notoriously builds one of the toughest schedules in the state. With key victories over Old Bridge, Williamstown, North Hunterdon, No. 3 St. John Vianney and a recent away match at Washington Township, the Rams record is as impressive as its schedule.
Southern returned All-Shore talent in Outside Hitter Jordyn Hamlin who leads the kills category with an astonishing 101 kills. Hamlin is complimented by fellow All-Shore Setter Molly Regulski who has 236 assists. But, the Rams have struck gold again with an extremely talented roster from top to bottom with the emergence of Emily Brunatti who has 84 digs as the Libero, Bryn Hagen as a combo Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter and the talents of Jessica Smart who appears to be one of the difference makers making waves throughout the Shore with timely blocks and 64 kills. The girls that make up this team are a tight knit group who are fun to watch and define what it means to be a Shore Conference athlete.
With that, Southern Regional was named the Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week in week 2 for their grit and perseverance they have shown all season especially when they were challenged heavily by a fierce opponent in Washington Township, but put their nose to the grindstone and came away with a key victory after dropping the first set. As the Rams look ahead in their schedule, everyone should circle the away match at No. 2 Donovan Catholic on October 9th. Beyond that, the Rams are preparing for a vengeance tour in their NJSIAA Group IV State Championship run.