DENVILLE, NJ- It was an emotional night on Monday at Morris Knolls, as the girls volleyball team hosted their traditional “Dig-Pink” night in support of breast cancer awareness. The Lady Golden Eagles, inspired by a personal connection to the event, soared to victory over Randolph in two sets.
Head coach Jolyn Veres was pleased with the way her squad played, but knows they can improve considering the circumstances of the game.
“The game was a little wild, but we settled in,” said Veres. “This was the first time with a big crowd like this, so it was nice to come out and get a win on a night that means something.”
Veres was obviously referring to the “Dig-Pink” event, as the stands were nearly filled on a night that hit home to Veres and her whole squad.
“Especially this year, breast cancer awareness really hits close to home,” exclaimed Veres. “One of our former players and coach, this year her mom has been diagnosed with Breast cancer, so we’ve been trying to raise money the entire season. We’re doing a breast cancer awareness walk later in October, we’ve been selling pink pencils to try and raise money, and we have this night, all so we can give back in any way we can.”
Senior captains Caroline Sceurman and Marlena Todd agreed with the coaches on assessment of the game and what it meant to everyone that participated.
“I think that we were a little flat, but a win’s a win and I think that we fit together during the game,” said Sceurman.
Todd agreed by saying, “We definitely have potential as a team, but we know that wasn’t our best game. Thankfully we have a really good record this year, and we expect to keep going with it.”
Todd echoed what her coach said about Dig-Pink and why they are so passionate about the event.
“We’re doing it in support of breast cancer, and especially for Mrs. Vonga. She had two daughters that played for our team and our freshmen coach is one of her daughters as well.”
The turning point came towards the end of the first set. The score was 22-19 and a ferocious rally ensued in which the Lady Golden Eagles would battle for what seemed like 10-12 possessions before they finally converted and wouldn’t look back.
“It was a great rally,” said Veres. “When you win those big rally’s it’s such a momentum changer because even if you aren’t winning it really gets you up. That is when people start to get tentative, and they start to get a little bit nervous during those rallies to win it. It’s such a big relief because it kills you when you don’t win those rallies so it’s huge when you’re the team who wins them.”
Sceurman agreed with her coach, “Yeah, I think if you win those long rallies then you put yourself on track to finishing games, and that’s what we did.”
Coach Veres was overall happy with the final result because of the way the girls worked, and senses that if they keep this up then they can go far.
“So far we’ve had a pretty good season. We’re 9-2 right now, and hopefully we’ll stay on that trend,” said Veres. “We’ve been winning the close ones, and the girls are doing a really nice job, they are playing together, they work hard every day, which is important, so hopefully we can stay on this trend.”