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Kinnelon moves into semifinals

Kinnelon advanced to the Group I semifinals by defeating McNair 2-0 in Group I volleyball action on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The fifth-seeded Colts were paced by sophomore outside hitter Isabella Tighe, who had 11 digs, 11 service points, six of them aces, and six kills.

Another sophomore, setter Sophia Tiajoloff, contributed 19 assists and six service points. Sophomore outside hitter Claire Mullaney had seven digs and four service points. Senior middle hitter Caroline Laton finished with nine kills and four blocks.

The Colts (24-5) will play host to 13th-seeded Hawthorne in the semifinals.

Kinnelon 2, Ramapo 1

Caroline Laton had 15 kills, seven blocks, six digs and four service points to steer Kinnelon to a victory over Ramapo, 25-21, 25-27, 26-24, on Friday, Oct. 26.

Sophia Tiajoloff had 24 assists, six digs and five kills for the Colts (22-5).

Isabella Tighe had 13 service points. Dori Ballai had seven service points.

Kinnelon 2, Jefferson 0

Kinnelon captured the NJAC-Freedom Division title on Monday, Oct. 22 by defeating Jefferson, 25-6, 25-17.

The Colts, who received eight kills and six service points from Caroline Laton and seven service points from Claire Mullaney, went 10-0 against conference opponents.

Kristen MacDonald added six service points for the Colts (20-5).

Whippany Park 2, Parsippany 1

Samantha Tutiven had nine kills and four service points, three of them aces, to help Whippany Park rally past Parsippany, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23, on Friday, Oct. 19.

Jamie Cruse had eight assists and three service points and Caroline Park had seven service points for the Wildcats (5-11).

Donna Herbst had 13 service points and 12 assists for Parsippany.

Villa Walsh 2, Hanover Park 0

Villa Walsh, led by Anique Barch's 12 kills, 11 digs and 12 service points and Monica Ulrich's 19 assists and four service points, defeated Hanover Park, 25-18, 25-16, on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Christine Clark contributed eight kills and seven digs for the Vikings (15-5).

Jefferson 2, Whippany Park 0

Renee Lopez had 14 assists and four aces when Jefferson beat Whippany Park, 25-20, 25-16, on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Edjae Villamor had 13 digs for the Falcons (13-8).

Kayla Wrigley had five assists and four service points for the Wildcats.

Madison 2, Villa Walsh 0

Jen Vorel had 14 assists and seven service points when Madison defeated Villa Walsh, 27-25, 25-18, on Monday, Oct. 15.

Margy Taylor added six service points, six kills and five aces for the Dodgers, now 14-1. Kelly Quinn had nine digs.

For Villa Walsh, Monica Ulrich had 10 assists, two service points and two digs. Anique Barch had six digs.

Hanover Park 2, Whippany Park 0

Nicole Vernicola had two kills and 10 digs to pace Hanover Park on Monday, Oct. 15.

Gab DiGiorgio contributed three aces and seven assists and Nicole Infantes three aces, eight service points and five kills.

Jamie Kruse had nine assists and Caroline Park had six digs.  

Villa Walsh 2, Voorhees 0

Christine Clark had seven kills, two blocks, three digs, 10 service points, including three aces, to power Villa Walsh past Voorhees, 25-23, 25-12, on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Monica Ulrich also put up big numbers for the Vikings (12-4), amassing 19 assists and 13 service points, including three aces. She had five digs.

Kinnelon 2, Madison 0

A victory over Madison was within reach for Kinnelon on Monday.

The Colts, despite taking the first set and hanging tough in the second, fell to the Dodgers.

Four days later, Kinnelon made the most of a second chance, beating previously undefeated Madison, 25-20, 25-21, in a Morris County Tournament quarterfinal on Friday, Oct. 5.

"We were in control. We had it," Colts coach Stephanie Finke said. "We made minor mistakes. It ate the kids alive all week. They wanted to show they could beat Madison. We had a great practice going into the match."

Madison prevailed, 19-25, 27-25 and 25-23, in the first meeting between the two teams.

The setback taught the fifth-seeded Colts, who will oppose top-seeded and defending champion West Morris in a MCT semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Roxbury High School, that they had to make as few mistakes as possible against the fourth-seeded Dodgers.

Kinnelon did not commit a service error in the first game. Dana Silvestri, a senior, stood out, stringing together eight consecutive service points to give the Colts a 17-12 advantage.

In the second game, outside hitters Claire Mullaney and Isabella Tighe were excellent, making kill after kill. Mullaney had seven kills and seven digs while Tighe had five kills, five digs and seven service points.

"Clair and Isabella were great in the second game," Finke said. "They put the ball down. They placed it and made it tough for Madison to return."  

Setter Sophia Tiajoloff turned in another solid performance, finishing with 17 assists, three blocks and four service points.

"Whether it was a perfect pass or a not-so-great pass, Sophia made the best of it," Finke said.

Caroline Laton, a senior middle hitter, added nine kills, three blocks, nine digs and four service points for Kinnelon (13-3).

Margy Taylor had five kills, two blocks and a service point for Madison (10-1). Mackie Goodwin had six service points. 

Villa Walsh 2, Parsippany 0

Anique Barch had six kills, two digs and 12 service points and Monica Ulrich ended with 15 assists and four service points to pace Villa Walsh to a 25-10, 25-19 win over Parsippany on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The Red Hawks drop to 5-6. The Vikings are 9-4.

Whippany Park 2, Morristown-Beard 0

Kayla Wrigley had three kills, 10 assists and three service points when the Wildcats beat the Crimson, 25-17, 25-10, on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Morristown-Beard's Aly Maser's had eight digs. 

Morris Knolls 2, Villa Walsh 1

The Golden Eagles (6-4) reeled off the last eight points of the third game to secure a come-from-behind win over Villa Walsh in MCT action on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Andrea Bush (14 kills, 13 digs), Caroline Sceurman (12 assists), Caylee Horohoe (14 assists, 15 service points) and Ashley Lesch (11 digs) stood out for Morris Knolls. Anique Barch (14 kills, 15 digs) and Monica Ulrich (9 digs, 22 assists) excelled for Villa Walsh.

Hackettstown 2, Villa Walsh 1

Villa Walsh received excellent efforts from several players but fell, 19-25, 25-14, 22-25, to Hackettstown on Monday, Oct. 1

Anique Barch (12 kills, 8 service points, 2 aces), Christine Clark (10 kills, 6 digs, 2 service points), Megan Powlen (15 digs, 9 service points) and Monica Ulrich (7 digs, 22 assists).

The Vikings are 8-3. The Tigers improved to 6-3.

Whippany Park 2, Dover 0

Kelsey Rynearson had two kills and eight service points to power the Wildcats on Monday, Oct. 1.

Kayla Wrigley contributed eight assists and five service points. Jamie Kruse had five service points.

Whippany Park is 3-6. Dover is 4-7.

Villa Walsh 2, Hanover Park 0

Villa Walsh, buoyed by Anique Barch's nine kills, four digs, 11 service points and two aces, sent its record to 8-1 with 25-17, 25-15 wins over Hanover Park on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Also standing out for the Vikings were Christine Clark (3 kills, 1 block, 7 digs, 2 service points) and Monica Ulrich (2 digs, 13 assists, 4 service points).

Hanover Park dropped to 5-4.

Parsippany 2, Whippany Park 0

Devon Tam and Nicole Polak had five kills each to power Parsippany past the Wildcats, 25-21, 25-14, on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Red Hawks evened the record at 4-4.

Caroline Park had 10 assists for Whippany Park. Kelsey Rynearson had six kills, two blocks, a dig and five service points.

Hanover Park 2, Whippany Park 0

Hanover Park dominated in the third set to gain a 25-20, 22-25, 25-6 victory over sister school Whippany Park on Monday, Sept. 24.

Nicole Fernicola had four kills, three digs and three assists for the Hornets (4-3). Gab DiGiorgio also turned in a strong effort, finishing with a dig and five assists.

Nicole Hand and Nicole Infantes had four aces apiece for Hanover Park. Alida Dudley (6 kills, 1 dig, 2 assists, 2 service points) and Caroline Park (9 assists, 8 service points, 5 aces) stood out for Whippany Park.

Madison 2, Villa Walsh 0

Jen Vorel had four service points and 11 assists to spur Madison to 25-15, 25-21 wins over the Vikings on Monday, Sept. 24.

Olivia Alexander and Kayla Fennelly had three kills each for the Dodgers. Alexander and Margy Taylor had eight service points each. Taylor had five aces.

For Villa Walsh, Christine Clark had three aces and six kills.

Whippany Park 2, St. Elizabeth 0

Kelsey Rynearson had 10 service points and four aces to help send Whippany Park past St. Elizabeth, 25-18, 25-10, on Friday, Sept. 21.

Alida Dudley had two kills, five service points and three aces. Caroline Park added two kills and two digs.

For St. Elizabeth, Marena Trusso had a dig, three assists and three service points.

Villa Walsh 2, Whippany Park 0

Monica Ulrich had two digs, eight assists, six service points and four aces to highlight Villa Walsh's 25-19, 25-11 victories over Whippany Park on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Christine Clark contributed three kills, five digs and three service points for Villa Walsh, now 6-0.

Megan Powlen had a strong game with two digs and five service points.

Madison 2, Whippany Park 0

Kelly Quinn, a junior, had two kills, two digs and 14 service points to spur Madison past Whippany Park, 25-11, 25-8, on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Quinn had seven aces. Jen Vorel chipped in with two kills and five assists for the Dodgers (3-0). Margy Taylor had three kills, one dig, two service points and two aces for Madison.

For Whippany Park, Sam Pontrella had eight digs. Additional strong efforts were put forth by Jamie Kruse (6 assists) and Caroline Park (1 kill, 2 blocks, 3 digs, 5 assists, 2 service points).

Villa Walsh 2, Morristown-Beard 0

Villa Walsh, behind Anique Barch's 14 service points, including six aces, remained unbeaten after three matches by defeating Morristown-Beard 25-6, 25-10 on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Barch also had two kills and two digs. Candace Pallitto had two digs, two assists and six service points.

Monica Ulrich contributed seven assists.

Villa Walsh 2, Jefferson 0

Monica Ulrich had three digs, 10 assists and 11 service points to highlight Villa Walsh's 2-0 win over Jefferson on Monday, Sept. 10.

The Vikings, who prevailed 25-16 and 25-15, also received a big effort from Anique Barch, who had two kills, six digs and three service points.

Mary Cawley contributed two digs, eight service points and an ace for Villa Walsh, now 2-0.

Hackettstown 2, Whippany Park 0

The Wildcats received five kills, one dig and three service points from Alida Dudley but fell to Hackettstown on Monday, Sept. 10.

Jamie Kruse had five assists and Kelsey Rynearson had six service points.

Both teams are 1-1. 

Whippany Park 2, Morristown-Beard 0

Whippany Park won its opener, 25-12, 25-10, over Morristown-Beard on Friday, Sept. 7.

The Wildcats received significant contributions from seven of its players. Top efforts were by Caroline Park (2 kills, 2 digs, 7 assists, 3 service points), Alida Dudley (3 kills, 2 blocks, 6 service points, 1 ace) and Samantha Tutiven (2 kills, 3 blocks, 6 service points, 1 ace).

Gina Flanagan contributed two kills and four blocks for Whippany Park.

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