Mount Olive claims MCT volleyball title

Mount Olive claims MCT volleyball title

By , @dailyrecordspts

RANDOLPH — Catarina Dubeux knew something was different the minute she stepped onto the Mount Olive bus for the ride to the Morris County Tournament volleyball final. An ordinary yellow school bus on the outside, it was full of balloons, posters, and streamers, reading “Let’s go Mount Olive girls volleyball.” The mystery pep squad even included the team’s record, 20-2.

One of those losses was avenged in a particularly meaningful way, as the Marauders toppled Randolph, 25-17, 25-17 to claim the MCT title. It is the first county volleyball crown in Mount Olive history, inspired by all the support both on the ride down Rt. 80 and in the Rams’ own gym.

The Randolph bleachers were packed on Saturday night, as dueling crowds dressed in red or blue tried to out-shout the other. It was both oppressive and impressive, and Dubeux and Mount Olive setter Isabella Soriano had gone hoarse by the time everyone started celebrating. The Marauders had been singing along to players’ iPhones on the road down, an eclectic mix of Eminem, Journey and Bon Jovi.

Though second-seeded Mount Olive had never even played in a MCT final, it wasn’t intimidated by the atmosphere. Instead, the players were inspired by their fans chanting, “I believe,” which setter Isabella Soriano said helped them shake off mental errors.

“That’s what really got us excited, because I was not expecting that at all,” said Dubeux, who had 13 digs, as well as two assists, a kill and a block from the back row. “When we talk more, it brings energy to the court. We pick each other up.”

This was a different Marauders squad than the one which had fallen to Randolph in three games on Sept. 19. It wasn’t just the increased intensity of both teams; Dubeux had been injured and unable to play six weeks ago, leaving Mount Olive a bit out of system.

But the young Rams, who hoped to finally add a date to their empty banner — in front of standing-room fans — were more than prepared. Senior outside hitter Kayla Kemp had five kills for Randolph. Setters junior Roma Hladky and sophomore Alexis Kemp combined for 16 assists.

“Our mentality changed from, ‘We want to beat Mount Olive,’ to ‘We want to beat Mount Olive again in the final,'” said sophomore Caileigh Cox, who led top-seeded Randolph with six kills. “Obviously, there was fire in our hearts to beat them.”

Soriano could rely on junior Annie Karle, who led Mount Olive with 15 kills and two blocks. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter also had 17 digs, sacrificing her body by diving headlong to keep the ball off the floor.

The Marauders roared to a quick 11-4 lead in the first game behind a cross-court kill and a block from Karle, another kill by junior Ally Dombrowski, a tip and a pair of aces by freshman Adriana Garcia. Karle had three of Mount Olive’s last five points in the first game, and three of the first seven in the second. Junior Britney Rivera had three consecutive kills in the second game, and four of six, as the Marauders went from tied at 9-9 to a four-point edge they would not relinquish.

Rivera finished with eight kills, an assist and a dig. Soriano had 22 assists, a kill and seven digs.

Mount Olive is the fourth different MCT champion in as many seasons, following West Morris’ dominance in the tournament’s early years.

“It’s amazing. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” said Karle, who was named the MCT MVP. “We knew coming in, it was going to be very hard. We had to bring our best game. Their defense is unbelievable, so we practiced really hard to get around it. We knew we had to get the ball on the floor. We had to get it up to Isabella, and get the ball down.”

Staff writer Jane Havsy: 973-428-6682;;

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, @dailyrecordspts 6:43 p.m. EDT October 22, 2016

Photo: Jane Havsy/Daily Record

RANDOLPH — When Mount Olive junior Annie Karle looked across the net at the start of first Morris County Tournament volleyball semifinal, she didn’t just see West Morris. She saw the county standard.

The Marauders met that standard on Saturday, then exceeded it in a 25-13, 25-15 victory. It was Mount Olive’s second trip to a MCT semi (2012), and will be its first appearance in the championship match.

The Wolfpack seemed poised and experienced early on, but were never able to shake second-seeded Mount Olive. Karle was a steady force at the net, with 10 kills and four blocks, stirring up the red-clad fan section.

The Marauders’ big block — usually Karle and junior Ally Dombrowski — was a source of concern for No. 3 West Morris, who had lost to them on Opening Day. The MCT semi was just the second time Mount Olive (18-1) has beaten the Wolfpack, which won 12 of the 16 MCT titles.

“It felt relieving and exciting,” said Marauders junior Britney Rivera, who had seven kills, 13 digs and an assist. “It’s kind of nervewracking to have so many people. When they’re cheering for you, you feed off that.”

Though West Morris (15-5) focused on passing in the second game, senior libero Melanie Brothers admitted, “We were having a hard time hitting around the block.” Karle and Dombrowski teamed for six of Mount Olive’s 10 unanswered points to wrap up the first game. Karle also had two kills and two blocks as the Marauders erased an initial two-point deficit in the second game, scoring nine in a row.

Brothers had 14 digs in the MCT semi. West Morris sophomore setter Kristen Poggi contributed 12 assists.

“It’s a shocker, like, ‘Wow,'” Wolfpack senior outside hitter Katie O’Keefe said. “Other teams are stepping it up. The standard is being raised.”

Staff writer Jane Havsy: 973-428-6682;;


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Mount Olive girls volleyball defeats No. 7 West Morris for first time in school history


By Amit Batra | For NJ Advance Media
on September 09, 2016 3:13 PM

For the first time in school history, the Mount Olive girls volleyball team defeatedWest Morris, No. 7 in the Top 20, 25-23, 25-21, Thursday in Mount Olive.

Mount Olive opened the season with a monumental victory. The Marauders had a standout performance from junior outside hitter Annie Karle, who finished with 16 digs and 13 kills. Junior outside hitter Britney Rivera added nine kills, while sophomore libero Catarina Dubeux recorded nine digs.

Mount Olive sophomore setter Isabella Soriano finished with a game-high 23 assists. For West Morris, senior libero Melanie Brothers finished with a team-high 16 digs, while senior outside hitter Katie O’Keefe added 13 digs. Sophomore setterKristen Poggi had 16 assists and senior outside hitter Jillian Schloesser finished with eight kills.

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