RANDOLPH, NJ- With eight seniors on their 13 member squad, including most of last years’ starters, the Randolph Girls Volleyball team has high hopes for the 2018 season.
“We have many experienced seniors with multiple seasons of varsity under their belt,” said Coach Sheri Data. “Each player on the team can play several positions, so we certainly are looking forward to having a fun and productive 2018 girls’ volleyball season.”
Possibly the most experienced is Caleigh Cox, a four-year varsity player who is also one of the team captains this season.
“With so many returners from last years’ team, our expectations haven’t really changed,” said Cox. “We aim to play at a high level and run a fast offense, and hope to win a County Championship.”
Data steered her team to a record of 16-10 last season, which was her second year at the helm after coaching the JV squad for the previous six years.
“Coach Data has been preaching that we just have to play volleyball, she does not want us to think too much on the court,” said captain Jenna Heil. “She wants us to just have fun. For most of us, it is our last season playing so, she continues to remind us to make the most of the season.”
Some of the key returning varsity players include Cox, senior Outside Hitter, (4th year on varsity, 1st team all-conference), Alexis Kemp, Senior Setter, (3rd year on varsity, 2nd team all-conference) Stephanie Renna, Senior Middle Hitter, (1st team all-conference).
Also returning are Jenna Heil, Senior Libero, Jessica Koop Senior Outside Hitter, Kirsten Calantone Senior OH/RS, Katie Tiao Senior RS/Defense and Jaime Pringle, Senior OH/MH (Honorable mention All-Conference)
Data also identified some key newcomers to her team, one being Junior Elena Rosetti, who was also named a captain.
“I’m so incredibly grateful and honored to be the Junior captain this year along with Jenna and Caleigh,” said Rosetti. “I’m hoping to represent my team well and do whatever is needed for my Coach and my teammates to ensure our success. As a group we’ve been working hard to utilize all of our talents to ensure that each girl has a key role on the team.”
Other newcomers are Karolina Perez, Senior OH, Anna Weiner Senior OH/Defense, Molly Stockfisch, Senior RS, Ana Aksentijevic, Sophomore MH/OH, and Adrienne DeFuria Junior OH.
“We will also be welcoming 5 new players who have been heavily involved in our program over the past few seasons,” said Data. “The new additions to the team will make an immediate impact and also increase our team depth.”
“This year, like every year we will need to focus on our serve receive, which is a crucial part of our game that needs to be consistent in order for us to succeed,” said Heil. “I also believe our communication and chemistry on the court will play a large role in our success this year.”
When it comes to chemistry and communication, familiarity is the best breeding ground for that.
“In my eyes, our team is playing at a high level since we have all been playing together for a number of years now,” said Cox. “We are familiar with each of our playing styles, and we believe we have the ability to go very far.”
With all the senior leadership, Data hopes that to be the case as well.
“Our strengths will include high level of experience, a great depth at each position, and a high level of maturity with our seniors,” said Data.
So far the Lady Rams have started strong, running out to a 3-0 record by defeating Morris Knolls, Roxbury, and Princeton