ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School volleyball team lost its match Monday against high-ranked Union Catholic team, but hopes it can learn from the experience and do better this week when Morris County Tournament play begins.

The Gaels were defeated by Union Catholic 2-0 at home. They were outpaced by the Vikings 25-19 and 25-15, a loss that brought their season record to 9-4.

"The girls fought hard against Union Catholic, currently ranked Number 11 in the NJ.com Statewide Top 20," said Gaels coach Anthony McMichael. "Union Catholic is a premier program, and they are extremely well coached by Nancy Saggio."

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Roxbury's Kendall Torpin scored two aces, five service points and made five digs. Quinn Longo had five kills, 12 digs and two service points. Amber Chen made seven digs, three kills and a service point. Jenna Shirkey helped the cause with four service points, four kills, seven assists, a block and six digs.

"We scheduled this match to help us prepare for the Morris County Tournament, which will begin on Friday afternoon against Villa Walsh," McMichael said. That game will be at home at 4:30pm. "We look forward to competing against Parsippany Hills this week and in Morris County Tournament play," added the coach.