Jersey Mike’s Week 6 Team of the Week: Middletown South
Middletown South has a storied history in The Shore Conference across all of their athletic programs. This is evident the moment you step in their gym and see the countless banners for Shore Conference Tournaments, State titles, County Tournaments and more.
However, it had been a fresh beginning for Middletown South volleyball, as the program began their journey back in 2019.
Throughout the preseason, the Eagles gave off the sense of being a rowdy underdog. It's been just the opposite, as the Eagles have turned themselves into a top tier program within the Conference under Head Coach Lisa Thorne.
After winning 12 games throughout the regular season, the Eagles earned themselves the No. 8 seed in the Shore Conference Tournament, where they were matched up against No. 9 Raritan.
As a rematch, the Eagles were seeking revenge from their first outing.
The Eagles clawed their way to a two-point victory in the first set, being down six earlier in the match. Through the leadership of players like Karolyna Bojko and Cameron Kapler, they never gave in and never gave up.
Coming off the heels of the momentum from the first set, the Eagles took care of business in the 2nd, winning by a margin of 10 points.
While the Eagles were given the almost impossible challenge of facing No. 1 Southern Regional in the SCT quarterfinals, they knew that a whole different season was approaching their way.
Earning the No. 6 seed in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tournament meant it was time to prepare and get ready for a fresh start.
Knowing that every game going in could be their last, the Eagles took command and led in the opening round.
While the Eagles were given the six seed and had a home game in states, they knew that it wasn't going to just be a walk in the park.
Bojko, as she's done all season long, continued to be the assist machine with 24. Shannon Crosby continued to play phenomenal defense as she has all season with 11 digs. Regan Murphy dominated on the floor with 11 monumental kills. This transpired into the programs first ever state tournament win, a two-set victory over No. 11 West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Coach Thorne has gotten this group prepared and ready for any scenario. In what's already been a historical season for the Eagles, they'll be travelling to No. 3 Moorestown on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. Middletown South has been named Jersey Mike's Week 6 Team of the Week for their historical tournament wins and for demonstrating the character it takes to be Shore Conference athletes.