The 2024 boys volleyball season has officially ended, and what a season it has been.

There was plenty of action over the two months and some changes that were part of the season, and no two days included that more than the state championships. Cherry Hill West made a huge upset, West Caldwell Tech reached the top for the first time ever, St. Joseph (Met.) continued to prove why it is one of NJ’s best programs, and Old Bridge had the season of all seasons.

The state championship results also saw a big move in the Top 20, which is not new to this year’s rankings. If there could be one word to describe the 2024 season, it would be hectic.

View the final boys volleyball Top 20 rankings for the 2024 season below.

1-Old Bridge (32-0)

Last week: No. 1

First week: #2

What a season it was for Old Bridge, who finished undefeated on 32-0 and won three times as many trophies: the GMC tournament, the South, Group 4 section and the overall Group 4 title. The Knights were the first team in recent history to finish an entire season undefeated and did so by defeating some top competition in Southern, Old Bridge, St. Joseph (Met.), Monroe and more.

2-Cherry Hill West (25-2)

Last week: No. 13

First week: #18

The team that shocked the state last Wednesday. Cherry Hill West pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boys volleyball state tournament history by defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the Group 3 final. The Lions have slowly built themselves into a highly competitive program during Scott Arnauer’s coaching tenure and it has resulted in the first ever state title in the history of the boys volleyball program for the Lions. A jump all the way to number 2 is very justified.

3-Scotch Plains-Fanwood (30-2)

Last week: No. 2

First week: #3

Although Scotch Plains-Fanwood will be disappointed not to repeat as Group 3 champions, this season was another incredible achievement. The Raiders still own Union County and won a third straight title, all after achieving varsity status in 2018. There has been a plethora of great players coming out of this program lately, with Nick Schmidt last year, Tim Ennis this year. years, and there will be more in the future.

4-Southern (27-3)

Last week: No. 3

First week: No. 1

Southern fell just short of advancing to the Group 4 title game after falling in three sets to Old Bridge in the South Group 4 sectional final. The Rams still had a great season as they won the Shore Conference Tournament title again, with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top three. There is no doubt that Southern will compete for a state championship every year.

5-Bridgewater-Raritan (25-5)

Last week: No. 5

First week: #13

For the second year in a row, Bridgewater-Raritan ran into a juggernaut in the Group 4 finals, finishing second in the state’s largest group. The Panthers have nothing to be ashamed of, after rightfully earning the top seed in North, Group 4 and winning that section, along with a second straight Skyland Cup championship. There will be plenty of talent returning for the Panthers next year.

6-hack bag (29-2)

Last week: No. 4

First week: #4

Hackensack broke through for the first time in 24 years by winning the Bergen County Coaches Association Tournament championship, beating some of the state’s best teams to get there. The Comets came up short, falling to Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North, the Group 3 title game, but this is still a senior class that will be long remembered. Over the past two years, Hackensack has compiled a 54-5 record.

7-Howell (23-5)

Last week: No. 6

First week: #12

Howell was a very, very good team this season that unfortunately fell against Southern three times, with all five losses also coming to top-20 ranked teams. The Rebels advanced all the way to the Shore Conference Tournament and South, Group 4 semifinals, but were bounced by the Rams in both. Brent Romano posted an unreal senior season with 485 kills, shattering his season high from last season and leading the state in that category.

8-fair lawn (26-4)

Last week: No. 7

First week: #5

The Cutters were another example of a very talented team with great coaching that came up against some of the best teams in the state at unfortunate times. Fair Lawn fell in both the BCCA Tournament semifinals and the North Group 3 semifinals, but on any other day could very well have been the winner of those games. That’s how good the Cutters were, and they’re only going to get better with a standout like Benjamin Braudo returning as center.

9-North Burlington (21-7)

Last week: No. 11

First week: #17

Another young program still on the rise, Northern Burlington won more than twenty games and advanced to the South, Group 3 sectional final for the second year in a row. The Greyhounds had some big pieces to replace entering the season , but did so in an unaffected manner. As the Greyhounds continue to gain experience in high-stakes games, you can expect this to continue to grow each year.

10-Pcs. Joseph (Met.) (21-9)

Last week: NO

First week: #11

It was a bit of a roller coaster season on points for St. Joseph (Met.), but the end result was known. The Falcons repeated as Group 2 champions, not losing a set throughout the match

11-Pinelands (23-5)

Last week: No. 10

First week: #7

Pinelands is only a fourth-year program, but already has more than 22 consecutive winning seasons and sectional final appearances. The Wildcats won 16 of their first 17 games before slumping a bit. Pinelands lost three of four heading into the postseason, but would reel off six more straight wins, which were part of a run to the South, Group 2 finals. The program has many key returners next season, which could help the team maintain a good reputation in the Shore Conference.

12-West Caldwell Tech (26-6)

Last week: NO

First week: NO

West Caldwell Tech reached the top this season. The Eagles fell in the semi-finals of the Essex County Tournament, beginning a run of four defeats in five games, two of which were against ranked opponents. The battle-tested Eagles entered the state tournament and were able to win North, Group 1. With that win they advanced to defeat defending Group 1 champions St. John Vianney in straight sets. The Eagles finished the season on a 12-game winning streak and earned the program’s first-ever group title.

13-St. John Vianney (23-6)

Last week: No. 9

First week: #6

A young St. John Vianney team matured as the season progressed and repeated as South, Group 1 champions. The Lancers had a chance to defend their Group 1 title, but fell to West Caldwell Tech. St. John Vianney appeared in the Shore Conference semifinals during a 23-win season. This was another successful season for the team and it happened with the presence of only four upperclassmen. The second division is deep for the Lancers and will see the team compete in Group 1 for years to come.

14-Livingston (22-7)

Last week: No. 16

First week: #10

Livingston started the season 9-1 before appearing in the Essex County Tournament. The Lancers won their third straight county title to start the postseason. Livingston became popular again in the United States, making a run to the final round of the North, Group 4 tournament before falling to Bridgewater-Raritan. Livingston has built a reputation in North Jersey and continued the tradition of success in 2024.

15-owned city (20-5)

Last week: No. 8

First week: NO

The Colonials won 11 games last season but had high hopes for 2024 with the return of Daniel Vazquez and Jack Cashman. Freehold Borough lost just two games in its first twenty. It responded with a nine-game winning streak after each match. The Colonials appeared in the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament and South, Group 3 sectional. This was the year the team was waiting for and it met with great success.

16-back (20-7)

Last week: No. 15

First week: NO

The Red Devils continued to be a threat in North Jersey and specifically in the Skyland Conference this season. They returned to the conference finals before advancing to the semifinals of the North, Group 3 tournament. Ridge picked up wins over the likes of Westfield and WWP-North this season while testing himself against the best the state has to offer.

17-Ramapo (22-7)

Last week: No. 12

First week: NO

Ramapo quickly found his feet after losing three of the first five games. It would win 10 times in a row and reach its peak during the most important time of the year. The Raiders appeared in the final round of the BCCA tournament before reaching states. Ramapo lost in the semifinals of the North, Group 2 tournament. Just two years ago, Ramapo won five matches. Now the Raiders are contenders in North Jersey and expect to be back next season.

18-Barnegat (20-6)

Last week: No. 14

First week: NO

Barnegat reached 20 wins this season after defeating Jackson Liberty in the state tournament. The Bengals made a run to the South, Group 2 tournament after a packed Shore Conference schedule. After nine wins last season, Barnegat enjoyed the presence of newcomers and finished 20-6. Freshman Ian Soberano was one of the top newcomers in the state and will lead the charge next season along with juniors Trey DeMeo and Jack Buscaglia. Barnegat is set for another successful season in 2025 after taking a big step forward.

19-Garfield (27-4)

Last week: No. 17

First week: NO

Garfield posted a 19-game winning streak after losing the third game of the season. The Boilermakers ran to the North, Group 2 title before being given the opportunity to play in the Group 2 overall final. The junior class has been extremely strong for Garfield this season, led by Ylan Tapper and Roger Chavez. Garfield is a program that has been on the rise over the years and will continue into 2025 after a 27-4 season.

20-Monroe (20-10)

Last week: No. 20

First week: NO

It was a slow start to the year for the Falcons, but they rebounded to finish the year in the Top 20. Monroe lost five of the first eight games, but would win eight of ten to get back on track come. Monroe made a run to the GMC final and semifinal of the South, Group 4 tournament. In both cases the Falcons fell to Old Bridge. They were one of two teams to win a set against the top-ranked team this year. The Falcons’ top two hitters, Joel Abraham and Suvidh Kolluru, will also return next season.

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