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Madison bows out in final

JEFFERSON _ Madison senior libero Erin Lennon had her thoughts about how two four-point leads slipped away in Thursday night's South Jersey Group I final. "It came down to their hitting and our mental errors," Lennon said. "We went big and it didn't work. Maybe we were too pumped up. We were anxious to get it done and it didn't happen."

West Morris exits states

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ West Morris freshman Gabby Savite felt bad for the upperclassmen, especially the eight seniors who easily and quickly accepted her. "I'm going to miss them so much. This is sad," Savite said. "It's can be hard for a freshman to bond with older players. They've been so good to me. They've become my best friends."

Dodgers survive, advance to semifinals

MADISON _ Madison volleyball coach Stephen Fenton seemed a tad perturbed with the person who scouted the Point Pleasant Beach-Lincoln match earlier this week.  The scout who made the trip down the Garden State Parkway was Fenton himself. Very little of what he observed in Point Pleasant Beach were factors when his Dodgers clashed with the Garnet Gulls late Thursday afternoon.

Morris Knolls seniors experience a first

DENVILLE _ Four years into their scholastic volleyball careers, Morris Knolls' five seniors got to experience a well-deserved first. Denied season after season in the opening round of the state tournament, the sixth-seeded Golden Eagles defeated 11th-seeded West Orange, 25-20, 25-19, Wednesday in a North Group IV match.

MVP Savite buoys Wolfpack

RANDOLPH _ The word was out way before Gabby Savite pulled on a West Morris volleyball uniform. The Wolfpack knew Savite was talented but were anxious to witness her advanced skills firsthand and got to do so on the first day of the preseason.

Vikings qualify for state tournament

MORRISTOWN _ Monica Ulrich preferred that Villa Walsh legitimately earn its berth in the state tournament. Gaining entry the alternative way - by applying for admission with a record under .500 - would not sit well with Ulrich, a junior setter and co-captain.

Wolfpack out to fulfill legacy

ROXBURY _ West Morris' serves crossed the net with great ferocity, just like Madison coach Stephen Fenton knew they would. The Dodgers, of course, hoped to hold their ground and get a hand on every sizzling offering.

Randolph rallies past Colonials

ROXBURY _ Solid defense, strong offense and perseverance propelled Randolph past Morristown 2-1 in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on Saturday. After dropping the first set, 23-25, Randolph rallied to win the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-17, and get a shot at the county title.

Energized Randolph back on track, beats Morristown

RANDOLPH _ Back-to-back losses to Morris Knolls and Mount Olive didn't sit well with the Randolph volleyball team. The Rams consider it important to be in prime form for the Morris County Tournament semifinals which will be held this Saturday and their recent lackluster play worried them.

Parsippany VB digs pink

PARSIPPANY _ The captains of the Parsippany volleyball team engaged in their own little scavenger hunt recently. The objective? To find all things pink. The girls raced around Morris County, visiting several stores in town as well as Dick's Sporting Goods and Rockaway Mall.