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Posted On: 12/20/20 5:13 PM

Bogota High School took the NJSIAA Tournament and made it to the semifinals of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions last season. They finished with an impressive 30-5 overall record, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise; this program hasn’t finished under .800 in the last decade. Five seniors graduated, but eight competent returners are back to keep the momentum going. A few that are worth mentioning are setter Amber Vasquez ‘21, outside hitter Kiara Polanco Kiara Polanco OH Bogota | 2021 State NJ ‘21, setter Mia Pimental ‘23, and libero Gianna Estevez Gianna Estevez DS/L Bogota | 2023 State NJ ‘23. 

On the surface, the loss of outside hitter Nylene Mateo looks like it will be a huge deficit for the future of this program. Her 526 kills, 28 blocks, 124 digs, and 44 aces were instrumental to Bogota’s success.  We could have said the same thing about MB Leila Ksiyer last year, Libero Lisabeth Suarez the year before, or even OH Samantha Gioiosa the year before that. The point is, Bogota’s coaching staff knows how to use and mold athletes to minimize gaps in the program from one season to the

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