Absegami Tennis Team Qualifies For Playoffs; Boys' Soccer Team is 7-1-1

The Braves travel to Cherokee for playoff tennis this afternoon.

The Absegami High School girls’ tennis team dropped its first five contests of the 2012 season, but reeled off five straight victories and has qualified for the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV playoffs.

The Braves’ first two wins of the season were 5-0 victories, over Hammonton on Sept. 19, and over Pleasantville on Sept. 20. It gave up one match in its next contest, defeating Lower Cape May 4-1 on Sept. 21, before a 5-0 shutout of Atlantic City on Sept. 24.

The next two matches were a little tighter, as the Braves defeated Cedar Creek on Sept. 26, 3-2. They fell to Mainland, 5-0, on Sept. 27.

Second singles player Linsey Gabris and third singles player Laura Nastasi won all their matches during Absegami’s winning streak.

The Braves are the No. 15 seed in the playoffs, and begin their quest for a Group IV title today when they travel to No. 2 Cherokee.

The full bracket can be found here.

The following is a brief roundup of the rest of the Absegami sports scene since Sept. 17. Information for this story was drawn from nj.com.

Over that stretch, the boys’ soccer team, which started the season 4-0, has gone 3-1-1, including suffering its first loss of the season to Egg Harbor Township on Sept. 20. The Braves lost that game 1-0.

The Braves then tied St. Augustine, 2-2, on Sept. 24. Absegami came back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to tie the game on a second half goal.

Since then, Absegami has won three games in a row to improve to 7-1-1.

In back-to-back games, the Braves shut out teams from Cumberland County, defeating Bridgeton, 4-0, on Sept. 26 and Millville, 5-0, on Sept. 28.

On Monday, Oct. 1, Absegami defeated Atlantic City, 2-1; the game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Gianfranco Rifici and Eder Solano scored the goals for the Braves, who return to action Oct. 9 at Vineland, 4 p.m.

Jenna Seddon has five goals in two games for the girls’ soccer team, which won both games. On Sept. 29, Seddon scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Ocean City.

Seddon scored half the team’s goals in a 6-0 win over Bridgeton on Sept. 26. In addition to Seddon’s three goals, Zeinab Camara, Rebecca Maguire and Ashton Wagner each scored one goal.

Seddon scored twice and Wagner scored once in the Braves’ 3-3 draw with Northern Burlington on Sept. 17, and no one scored in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Egg Harbor Township on Sept. 20.

The team is 3-4-1 on the year, and returns to action Oct. 5 at Millville, 4 p.m.

Since starting the season 2-1, the girls’ volleyball team has reeled off six straight victories to improve to 8-1. Their conquests include Kingsway (2-0, Sept. 15); Middle Township (2-0, Sept. 17); Pleasantville (2-0, Sept. 20); Oakcrest (2-1, Sept. 24); St. Joseph (2-0, Sept. 27); and OLMA (2-1, Oct. 1).

The field hockey team (0-5) is still looking for its first win of the year. It returns to action at Egg Harbor Township on Oct. 5, 4 p.m.


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