Fifteen teams participated in the first annual Greater Middlesex Conference freshman volleyball tournament in October. While Woodbridge defeated Mother Seton for the title of the single-elimination tournament, all of the teams were winners for a much greater cause.
Participants helped to raise more than $3,500 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
The tournament was contested in one day at J.P. Stevens, whose volleyball booster club donated proceeds from concession sales.
J.P. Stevens, Edison, Mother Seton, Piscataway, Old Bridge, New Brunswick, South Brunswick, North Brunswick, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Bishop Ahr, Monroe, Woodbridge, Colonia and J.F. Kennedy competed in the event.
Some schools raised money through the sale of T-shirts or bracelets, while others collected donations and brought a check for the American Cancer Society to the tournament. “It was a real collective effort,” J.P. Stevens coach Patty Savulich said. “Many schools did something on their own.”
Savulich, assistant coach Anthony White and players from the J.P. Steven’s junior varsity and varsity squads donated their time to the seven-hour event. Some of the referees donated all or part of their paychecks.