CHATHAM, NJ- They say there is a first time for everything, and for the newly formed, first year Randolph boys’ volleyball team, their first ever win in the teams’ history came on Monday May 6 when they knocked off Chatham in a match that went the distance of 3 games.
“There have been a lot of "firsts" for this team and we have been loving the process,” said coach Erik Novack. “We finally have our first win and it felt great. I am also thrilled with the support the team has received from everyone.. the student body, administration, parents, and colleagues.”
It was a rough start to the afternoon for Randolph however, as they dropped the first set 25-9, while having to watch and listen to the Cougars varsity team hoot, holler and jump around on the sidelines.
But the Rams would have the last laugh, as they responded with a big rally and earned a 25-16 win in the second set, turning that noisy sideline into a quiet bunch that was suddenly subdued and sitting on their hands.
The third set was close at the start, and saw Randolph maintain a 2-point lead up to the 15-13 mark. At that point, the Rams ran away with the game. When the score hit 22-14, the Rams fans were doing all the cheering while the Chatham Varsity team abandoned ship and left the gym having been silenced by Randolph’s play on the court.
A few points later, the Rams finished off the win with a third set victory by the score of 25-15.
“I simply told the boys after the game that they should be extremely proud and that this is the first of many,” said Novack. “I asked them one question before they played that third set… I asked them if they were ready to be the first boys’ volleyball team to get a win for Randolph.”
About 20 minutes later, coach Novack got his answer.