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Seniors pace Vikings in opener

MORRISTOWN _ Villa Walsh's Anique Barch changed her headbands often during the Non-Public first-round match versus Kent Place on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Barch wore a white one for warmups but it kept falling off. For the first set, which the Vikings lost, she switched to red.

Minutemen topple Montville

ROXBURY _ The rejection Stephanie Blair felt after not making the tennis team as a freshman at Mendham was short lived. It didn't take long for Blair, at the urging of her mother, Irene, to try out for volleyball.

Mendham, Montville to clash

ROXBURY _ With Montville facing a six-point deficit in the second game of a Morris County Tournament semifinal, senior middle hitter Gillian O'Dowd was antsy, anxious to get back on the court. O'Dowd, a senior middle blocker, sat in a chair on the sideline, shaking her legs and yelling encouragement to her teammates.

Sweet victory for Red Hawks

PARSIPPANY _ There was a substanstial streak of pink icing on Veronica Shaw's forehead following Parsippany's 2-1 victory over rival Parsippany Hills. Shaw, the Red Hawks' libero, also bore small globs of icing on both cheeks. There was some on her uniform, too, and she wore it proudly.

Mendham back in MCT semis

MENDHAM _ Mendham initially was miffed when it wasn't recognized as one of Morris County's premier volleyball teams. That was understandable considering the Minutemen won only eight games in the fall of 2012.

Mt. Olive upholding reputation

PARSIPPANY _ Everyone, it seems, loves a superstar, especially one who holds records for career kills and blocks. Mount Olive had one in 6-foot-1 Ally Karle, who has moved on to Elon University.

A fresh start for the Colonials

MADISON _ Morristown isn't going to buy into the notion of rebuilding. Eight seniors may have graduated, five of them starters, but that doesn't mean the Colonials, who won 31 matches and were Morris County Tournament runners-up in 2012, are going to stumble and slip.

Wolfpack are Group III champs

WAYNE _ Jim Balella, thinking his West Morris team had won, quickly jumped out of his seat, leaped and began to make his way toward his players. The celebration was a few points early, though, as Gabriella Savite's kill attempt, thought to be the the match ender, was deemed long by the officials.

West Morris ousts Morristown

TAPPAN _ Each game of the Group III semifinal between West Morris and Morristown had a unique feel to it. West Morris blew through the first game, making a mere one error on service. Then, the Wolfpack stumbled a bit, making errant hits. Finally, West Morris took charge again, dominating with serves and kills while Morristown struggled with its return of service.

Mistakes doom Vikings in states

SUMMIT _ Villa Walsh's Monica Ulrich didn't hold back when describing the most painful way to lose. "We beat ourselves," said Ulrich, a senior setter and co-captain. "We made dumb mistakes."