The most successful season in Montville volleyball history began six years ago, when the current seniors were in seventh grade. That’s when most of the Mustangs began playing together on a town travel team, which was coached by Todd Corham, outside hitter Bria Corham’s father.
That same group played many sports, and became very close. Rookie head coach Pat Lyons remembered walking into the gym when they were sophomores, watching Corham hit, and realize their potential.
The 2013 All Daily Record Volleyball Team of the Year’s achievements will be celebrated in the third banner in Montville’s small volleyball gym — the first to celebrate a championship.
The Mustangs went undefeated (12-0) to win the NJAC-American, reached the Morris County Tournament final, and was a Group III quarterfinalist. Montville finished 26-4, the best record in school history, and was also unbeaten at home — including a MCT quarterfinal victory over stalwart West Morris.
Though nearly everyone agreed tales from that match will be retold for years, it was a much earlier win — against Ridge in the season opener — which may have been the most meaningful.
“We were so nervous and had no idea what the outcome was going to be,” senior setter Nicole Dvoretsky said. “We realized it was going to be an amazing season. (West Morris) Central was the biggest match, but Ridge was what really made me realize we would go really far this year.”
Instead of bowing out by Halloween, when the regular season ends, Montville kept playing until Nov. 15.
Dvoretsky became the first Mustangs setter to reach 1,000 for her career against Fair Lawn in the second round of Group III. Corham, a senior outside hitter, is the first to reach 500 kills, setting a school record with 271 this fall and 591 in her career. Corham, senior Gillian O’Dowd and junior Megan Braden each finished with more than 100 kills apiece.
“We knew what was riding on the season,” Lyons said. “We knew what we wanted to accomplish. I don’t think the girls lost their focus on that. I don’t think we ever stopped believing in what we were able to do.”