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In order to attend a rehearsal for his brother's wedding, Palatine girls volleyball coach Dan Gavin was not at Thursday's match against visiting Fremd. Instead, Joyce Richardson, who directed the program nine years ago, was back in charge. "To me, it as just like an Old Home Week," said Richardson, now the Pirates junior varsity coach. "Just in a bigger setting." The setting was big - a chance for Palatine to tie for first place in the Mid-Suburban West - and the Pirates came up big. With Dayton-bound Taylor Fricano putting down a match-high 7 kills and junior Hannah Bridier serving 3 aces with 2 blocks, the Pirates (9-3, 4-1) endured two tough sets to post a 25-23, 25-21 victory over visiting Fremd (10-4, 3-1).