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The young Hilltoppers continued their winning ways with their first road win of the season to improve to 2-0 against rival Cranford.  Cranford served first in set but neither team got any advantage until rotation 4 when Cranford rattled off 4 points to take an 8-3 lead.  Caroline Henry responded for the Hilltoppers with a 5-0 run and the squads were knotted again at 9.  The Cougars and the Top could not find any daylight among themselves though until rotation 9 with SHS up 17-15 and with the serve.  Molly Davies managed to lead the squad with a 3-0 mini run and Summit finally looked like they would break the Cougar spirit as they entered rotation 10 with a 21-16 lead.  The set ended devoid of any major runs and the Hilltoppers wrapped it up 25-17.

Set 2 proved to be a tight affair as the 9th grade squad found itself down 9-4 by rotation 3 but the team kept clawing back over the next 3 rotations to trim the lead down to one at 14-13 thanks to the service rotation by Emily Handal who pushed SHS to a 6-0 run.  Late in the set,  the Hilltoppers were down 19-18 but had Gabriela Nowicka come off the bench and spur a 3-0 run that got SHS ahead 21-20.  Cranford fought back to a 23-22 lead but a service break got the Top to 23-23 and Ava Feuerstake wrapped it up off the bench with a 2-0 run that sealed the set and match, 25-23.