The Pleasantville High School girls volleyball team took home the Cape-Atlantic League Championship title for the first time in program history Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over defending champion Absegami.

"It's amazing," Pleasantville coach Jim Bucko said. "The girls' goal at the start of the year was to win the CAL, and we thought we had a legitimate shot. We played really tough all year long and won some really close matches. We were really focused the whole season to get to the championship."

The set scores were 25-18, 27-25.

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Zayna Tulu led the Greyhounds with nine kills and four blocks. Jennifer Figueroa added six kills. Cristal Velez paced the Greyhounds with a team-high nine assists. 

Absegami had won the CAL in all four years since girls volleyball became a league sport. If Absegami won the match, Bucko said the two teams would likely have split the title.

Bucko said the key to winning the championship was team-wide consistency.

"We played very strong defense and have a middle presence that is also very strong. We block and hit through the middle very well," he said.

Pleasantville improved to 16-1 and has a 15-0 record in the CAL with one CAL and two interconference matches remaining in the season. The Greyhounds are No. 5 in The Press Elite 11.

"It feels really good to win this championship, because Pleasantville often gets a negative reputation in the local community," Bucko said. "It's nice to be part of a program where the girls are striving and working hard to succeed. It's very rewarding to be a part of this program."


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