Judy Errichetti just had to shrug and shake her head a little after Morristown’s 25-18, 25-21 defeat of Randolph on Wednesday afternoon. Errichetti, a junior outside hitter, was happy with the victory, but a few things just seemed odd.
“There were some very weird long rallies,” she said. “Some of the passing I’ve never sen before. … There were good saves by both teams. It was a very scrappy game.”
It didn’t start off that way, as the Colonials were able to take advantage of young Randolph’s anxious errors early in the match. But the visiting Rams were able to battle back and close to within a single point. Morristown middle hitter Abby Schubiger wiped a kill off a Rams block, and the score began to seesaw back and forth until a pair of kills from Errichetti forced Randolph coach Mike Hrehovcik to call timeout down 18-12.
“We tend to get worried,” said junior co-captain Kelley Guerra, who led the Rams with six kills and six digs. “We don’t want to disappoint our coaches. We just get too crazy, and the best teams find a way to keep it calm. We all know we need to tell ourselves to calm down.”
Randolph certainly did that before the second game. Guerra started things off with a crosscourt kill, and Randolph ran out to a 5-0 lead capped by an ace from junior setter Amanda Beatrice. Guerra particularly credited the Rams’ defense, led by junior libero Carol Qiao’s 18 digs. Beatrice added five digs and 14 assists for Randolph (1-2).
Errichetti had four kills, five digs and an ace for the Colonials, who are still rebuilding after significant graduation losses. Outside hitter Fara Cohen added two kills, three digs and an ace. Amanda Calderon, a 6-foot middle hitter, had three kills and a dig for host Morristown, which “got a lot of good hits, and put pressure on them, but didn’t put it away,” according to new head coach Bill Condon.
The Colonials continued to defend their freshly painted home court, which the players insist is the only one in New Jersey decorated with a school-logo volleyball. Condon arranged for the surprise during preseason, though even he was taken aback by the size athletic director Kathy Perri chose.
Said Condon, “It’s pretty special for the girls here, and the program, to know they count.”