10/29/2007 - Greater Middlesex Conference Champions - East Brunswick defeats J.P. Stevens 25-18, 25-20
East Brunswick certified that their dominance of the Greater Middlesex Conference with a swift two game victory over J.P. Stevens to win the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament for the third straight year. The match was scheduled to be played J.P. Stevens High School regardless of who qualified which gave the Hawks an advantage when they made it to the finals. East Brunswick quickly took the crowd out of the game rolling to 8-1, 13-2 and 19-6 margins in the first game. Grace Huang had three kills during this stretch. J.P. Stevens then started a rally with some nice kills by Maggie Kowalska, some service errors by East Brunswick and some two touch calls by the officials. The crowd came alive and seemed to be getting on East Brunswick's nerves. J.P. Stevens got as close as 23-17, but East Brunswick closed the door with kills by Michele Sempkowski (6 kills, 10 digs) and Allanah Miller (7 kills, 6 assists) to gain a 25-18 victory. In the second game, East Brunswick pulled out to a 3-1 lead, but J.P. Stevens was fired up and slowly pulled out ahead. At 17-14, East Brunswick did what they have done so many times this year, they roared back to snatch away a game. It started with Marta Matera digging out a hard hit ball which bounce over the net and scored for the Bears. This was followed up by a kill by Michele Sempkowski and a nice block by Jing Cao. East Brunswick was up 19-17 before giving up another point. Becky Temkin (9 digs, 2 aces) and Marta Matera were getting some incredible digs to help keep the rally going. Mary Ruffner ended the game with a nice kill. East Brunswick improves to 26-3 on the season and will be seeded 6th in the state tournament.