SPARTA, NJ – It was a close volleyball match on Wednesday afternoon.  In the main gym at Sparta High School the Spartans lost to the Pope John Lions 2-1. 

The first set went to Pope John by a wide margin of 16-25.  Sparta returned the favor in the second by a score of 25-15.  The third set went down to the wire with Pope John coming out ahead 27-25.

For Sparta, Maggi Jent had 10 kill shots and four digs.  It was Jenny Newton that kept Sparta in the third set.  Newton had a match total of 45 assists.