RANDOLPH, NJ- On Thursday Sept 26, the Randolph High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team took on the newly-formed High Point Wildcats, from Sussex County. The Rams soundly defeated the Wildcats 2-0 (25-8, 25-5). Randolph earned their first victory of the season after the resounding win.
This was a big bounce-back win for the team, coming off a rough start to the season, including their latest defeat at West Morris Central. The team had a week since then to prepare for the match against High Point, as well as an important weekend ahead.
“I always try to keep them motivated, making sure nobody is down on themselves, making sure we all work together as a team,” Captain Natalie Riback said.
With respect to having a week off before the match against High Point, Assistant Coach Christina Jannone said, “A lot of them were on the brink of illness,” before noting that this provided an opportunity for the team to reboot.
The first set started neck-and-neck, but after the score was tied at 3-3, Randolph went on a couple of long service runs. High Point called a timeout when Randolph led 13-6, but the Rams were able to pull away and definitively win the set.
Randolph recorded fourteen service aces in the match, led by Captain and Senior Setter Elena Rossetti, who was responsible for five aces of her own. The Rams served at a clip of 85.4%, having committed just seven service errors.
High Point has now allowed 84 service aces in just six matches, which is an average of fourteen—an incredibly high number. On the other hand, Randolph has improved on serve-receive, as the team is a lot more vocal on the floor.
“Elena [Rossetti] went on a service run for a while, it was just a lot more confidence out on the court,” Jannone said.
The second set was more of the same story, as the team chemistry for Randolph started to take over and the offense was flowing a lot smoother. Adrienne DeFuria led the Randolph attack with nine kills, while Natalie Riback tallied four kills of her own.
“We’ve been working a lot on getting a faster offense, so running a lot of faster balls in the middle for me,” Riback said.
Rossetti had a very productive game on both offense and defense, notching nineteen assists as well as three digs.