RANDOLPH, NJ—The Randolph High School Girls’ Varsity tennis team smashed it this weekend at the Morris County tournament, held at Brundage Park and the County College of Morris on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22.
“I think the girls played absolutely to their full potential,” Don Fritch, the Girls’ Varsity coach and Randolph elementary school P.E. teacher said. Randolph improved from ninth-place in the county tournament last year to fifth-place this year, only a point behind fourth-place.
All five of Randolph’s positions were seeded top-ten in their respective brackets, with first singles Olivia Lazar (sophomore) ranked #5, second singles Chloe Troiano (junior) ranked #8, third singles Ella Sharkey (freshman) ranked #2, first doubles Abby Vogel (sophomore) and Julia Nitulescu (freshman) ranked #3, and second doubles Ashley Becker (senior) and Emma Halper (sophomore) ranked #4.
“The fact that we had two positions go through to the semi-finals, and all of the team making the quarter-finals, is a terrific thing and a great sign of what’s to come,” junior captain Chloe Troiano commented. Second doubles Abby Vogel and Julia Nitulescu slid past opponents Parsippany Hills and Mendham, before losing in a tough semi-finals match to #2 seed Morristown Beard, 5-7, 1-6.
Randolph’s highest-ranked player of the tournament, Ella Sharkey, made it all the way to the finals of the third singles bracket, before being eliminated in a long and intensely fought match against Chatham’s Cameron Sims 6-7,
“As a first timer to the Morris County tournament I’m glad I made it as far as I did; my match with Cameron was tough but I think that we both played really well,” Sharkey added.
The Chatham Cougars won their seventh consecutive girls’ tennis Morris County Tournament team title, beating out other competitors Morristown Beard, Mendham, and Morristown.
The Randolph Rams currently sit at 7-3 for the season, and will face off against Montville on Thurs, Sept. 26 at Brundage Park.
Editor's Note:Emma Halper is a sophomore at Randolph High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Randolph.