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Knolls rallies past Gaels

ROXBURY _ Down a game versus Roxbury and battling to close out the second game, Morris Knolls did not let doubt creep in. The Golden Eagles had two match points but the Gaels managed to stay alive. Morris Knolls closed out the critical game on Brooke Herman's kill and then gained a seven-point lead in the decisive game. Morris Knolls saw its advantage dwindle but went on to prevail 2-1 over Roxbury on Tuesday, Sept. 19. It was the first time since 2013 that the Golden Eagles, who triumphed 22-25, 27-25 and 25-22, have defeated the Gaels. "We came in…

Marauders' streak ends

WAYNE _ Mount Olive was successful on its first journey into unfamiliar territory, racking up its first Morris County Tournament championship. The Marauders continued streaking after that, making it all the way to the Group III final. Naturally, there were high hopes and a desire to make more history but top-seeded Old Tappan, relying on experience and a significant height advantage, topped second-seeded Mount Olive, 25-21, 25-14, in the title match at William Paterson University on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Group III crown was the second in a row for the Golden Knights. Old Tappan (22-1) has claimed four titles…

Mt. Olive enjoying fine season

MOUNT OLIVE _ In a six-hour span on Saturday, Oct. 22, the Mount Olive volleyball team had maximum fun, prevailing in their Morris County Tournament semifinal over West Morris then getting together for an early Halloween party. That was a lot for one evening but, for the Marauders, it was the perfect way to keep the buzz going. After defeating the Wolfpack, 25-13, 25-15, the girls were more than thrilled to spend more hours together at Julia Hutchinson-Lundy's house while dressed as hockey players, anime characters, nerds, rabbits and other animals. "We were all in great moods," said tri-captain Ally Wisnewski.…

Rams' aim is banner season

RANDOLPH _ The Randolph volleyball team's typical method of winning is unorthodox but it works. Since the beginning of the season, the Rams have thrived and fought after falling behind. Whether it be a set or a substantial deficit, they manage to survive as they did in a Morris County Tournament semifinal against fifth-seeded Kinnelon, coming away with a 25-21, 26-28, 25-21 win on Saturday, Oct 22. Randolph escapes tense situations so often that coach Sebastian DiPietro actually has become accustomed to it and is unfazed by his squad's modus operandi. "I don't worry. They don't worry," DiPietro said. "It's…

Eagles September Slam

DENVILLE _ Preseason injuries to middle hitters Jane Taylor and Heather McCullough created Madison's first challenge. The Dodgers somehow would have to make do without Taylor, a junior, and McCullough, a sophomore, for an indefinite period of time. Although young, Madison has filled those gaping voids for the first week and a half of the season, going 4-1. "We're surviving," said Dodgers coach Stephen Fenton at the Eagles September Slam. "It's gone pretty well. We still have the same goals - to win our division, contend in the counties and be strong in Group II. With a little luck, maybe…

Roxbury tweaks game, triumphs

RANDOLPH _ Just like the first game, defending champion West Morris was on a late roll, threatening Roxbury, which once had a seemingly comfortable nine-point lead. The Wolfpack inched closer and closer, cutting their deficit to five points. Then, as if there wasn't enough tension, dominant senior outside hitter Lauren Kornmann had to leave the court after chipping her teeth and cutting her lower lip while trying to make a save.

Gaels visualize then capitalize

RANDOLPH _ Roxbury's visualization sessions before matches are invaluable. The Gaels typically lay down in the small gym, close their eyes and imagine what they want to accomplish and how they'll go about it. Coach Beth Grasso speaks to them in a soft voice during each themed session.

Murawinski sparks Jefferson upset

KINNELON _ As a libero, kills aren't Kayla Scherlacher's specialty. Scherlacher typically spends her time in the back of the court accumulating digs for Jefferson so, when she records a kill, like the one she had late in the second game of the Falcons' match versus Kinnelon, it's cause for major excitement.

Motown battles past Chatham

CHATHAM _ Not long after Morristown setter Alli Remler got her 360th assist as a sophomore, Abby Schubiger made her plea. Most times, it was when she got together with Remler. Sometimes, it was via text. Her request?