Mount Olive GVB defeats Randolph
Mount Olive's girls volleyball team had been rolling right along, until a sudden road block halted the group's sizzling win streak. Displaying a resiliency only found in true contenders, it took all of 51 minutes for the Marauders to bounce back.
After suffering a rare loss this season, Mount Olive got back to its winning ways and made quick work of Morris County rival Randolph on Monday afternoon in a two-game, 25-20, 25-18 triumph.
The Marauders, who improved to 17-3 overall, had won four straight and 15 of 16 before falling to Morristown in two games, 25-23, 25-21, on Saturday. The team's only loss in that long span also came to the Colonials on Oct. 3.
They had defeated Roxbury, Morris Knolls, Chatham and Sparta throughout their most recent winning run, establishing themselves as a true force in the area leading up the county and state playoffs.
Inching their way closer to a high seed in the NJISAA tournament, Mount Olive was paced by Ally Karle's 17 kills and three blocks. Setter Lexi O'Toole recorded 17 assists and 11 digs.
The group has been paced all season offensively by Karle, who has now registered 314 kills, 34 aces, 95 digs and 47 blocks. O'Toole has contributed 377 assists and 105 digs. And these two stars feel the team chemistry is to thank for such success. "Our team is definitely close," Karle said.
Added O'Toole, "Team chemistry helps us a lot. We know each other's strengths and weaknesses. It's good that we're all friends on and off the court because it definitely helps. It's like we can read each other's minds and we know our body languagues."
Meanwhile, Randolph fell to 9-10 overall. Following a two-game victory over Chatham on Oct. 1, the Rams have dropped six of eight.
This contest will air on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity, Optimum TV Channel 14.