N.J. - The most exciting time of the season has arrived for Mercer
County Community College's three fall sports teams. Each is hopeful
about winning a championship in the upcoming Region 19 tournaments.
are the defending regional champions in men's soccer and women's
soccer. The women's tennis team finished second in its Region 19
Championships last season and went on to play at the National Junior
College Athletic Association Division III Championships.
Coach Marc Vecchiolla's
squad is the first MCCC team in action this postseason. The regional
championships are scheduled to take place at Gloucester County Community
College on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Gloucester
and Brookdale Community College are entering the highest-rated players,
but Vecchiolla's top four players are experienced and he envisions
some upsets in the tournament.
Wolf (Hopewell, N.J.) is a defending champion at No. 2 singles and
No. 1 doubles. The baseliner brings an 8-6 singles record into the
No. 2 singles flight and will team with classmate Emily Dow (Princeton
Junction, N.J.) at No. 1 doubles. Other Vikings with regional experience
are sophomores Kristina Holsman (Hamilton, N.J.), who plays No.
3 singles, and Maria Eldridge (Lawrenceville, N.J.), who plays No.
4 singles. Eldridge leads the Vikings with 10 singles victories.
have won the last eight Region 19 titles and hope for another magical
postseason run as they focus on qualifying for the NJCAA Division
I Championships that MCCC will host from November 18-22. All five
teams who are qualifiers for the regional tournament have winning
records, with coach Charlie Inverso's Vikings ranking first with
who have won six straight games, have a bye to the semifinals and
will host either No. 4 Burlington County College or No. 5 Delaware
Tech-Terry, tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
The other semifinal match-up pits No. 3 Delaware Tech-Stanton at
No. 2 Essex County College.
Amit Aburmad (Tel Aviv, Israel) leads the Vikings into action, and
the Vikings' sophomore-led squad also features forward Frank Tweneboa
(Pennsauken, N.J.), and defenders Nigel Blair (Fort Lauderdale,
N.J.) and Darnell Edwards (Silver Spring, Md.).
Ricciardis team is the No. 2 seed for the regions because
Burlington won a coin flip for the No. 1 seed. Both teams went 5-0-1
in region play, the tie coming in a 1-1 double-overtime stalemate
between them. The Vikings have a bye to the semifinals and will
host Sussex County College at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27. That same
day, Burlington will host either No. 4 Lackawanna Junior College
or No. 5 County College of Morris in the other semifinal.
have peaked at the right time of the season. They are 14-4-1, having
ended the regular season on a 11-1-1 run. They are led by sophomore
scorer Kasey Kenny (Staten Island, N.Y.), a 2008 All-American who
has 28 goals in the season thus far.
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