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Posted On: 09/6/20 4:08 PM

The most important and underrated piece of this game by far has to be back row defense. As impressive as it is to make last-minute diving saves or killer third ball over plays, the real heroes of defense are those consistently pass nails. Check out the top four class of 2021 athletes of the NJAC from the 2019 - 2020 season below. No team is complete without a robust back row!

Michele Kifyak, L, Mendham, Class of 2021

Mendham had an impressive 2019 season. Their impeccable defense was a huge factor in landing them a spot in the final round of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. Libero Michelle Kifyak certainly racked up more than her fair share of digs: 304 to be exact. With a defensive leader like this championing the back row, it’s no wonder this team performed so well last season.

Vicky Huang, L, Morris Tech, Class of 2021

This dynamic libero carried a ton of defensive weight last season for her high school squad. They faced some tough competition, but that didn’t get in this fierce athlete’s way. She garnered 334 digs, likely without even breaking a sweat. Huang moves on

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