Fall athletes settling into season

 
By BRETT FRIEDENSOHN
Sports Editor

The fall sports teams at The County College of Morris are settling into the Fall 2016 season as  men’s soccer, and women’s soccer and volleyball teams have all begun region play as of Saturday, Oct. 1.

Volleyball started 0-1 in the region and 0-5 overall while losing 13-25, 4-25, 16-25 in its first region game of the season against Brookdale Community College Saturday, Oct. 1. Men’s soccer began its regular season Thursday, Sept. 8 with a 5-4 win over Passaic County Community College before achieving a record of  4-4 both in the region and overall with a 3-0 win against Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday, Oct. 4. Women’s soccer acquired a record of 0-1 in the region and 5-1 overall with a 4-2 win against Rowan College at Gloucester County Saturday, Sept. 17, and dropped to 0-3 in the region and 6-4 overall with a 3-2 overtime loss against Middlesex County College Thursday, Sept. 29., according to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s region 19.org.

Because the former athletic trainer at CCM resigned over the summer, the college has not had a full-time athletic trainer all season and has needed to outsource to a company that comes to every home game and to rehabilitation on campus every Wednesday, according to athletic director Jack Sullivan.

“We have qualified people here, but it’s a lot better for our student athletes to to have the full-time person here because then, there’s more access to the rehabilitation they need and the injury prevention, impact testing, concussion, baseline testing, stuff like that,” Sullivan said. “A lot of the things that we are accustomed to, and they’ve all been delayed.”

Sullivan said that he is in the process of interviewing perspective athletic trainers.

“We have three qualified candidates that we’ve interviewed,” Sullivan said. “We’ll see if any more apply, and then we’ll have a second round of interviews with the candidates that meet the qualifications and the experience that we’re looking for. Experience is everything in this business, so we’ll see. We’ll have a quality person in place hopefully by the next board meeting for approval.”

Volleyball played its first game with only six players, the minimum amount of players on a court without any substitutes, losing 23-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-15.

After losing its second game 25-13, 25-14, 25-22 to Bergen Community College Thursday, Sept. 15, head coach Amy Berry expressed talent and potential in her team, but said that the lack of players has held them back.

“We could have won the first one, but it’s been a tough time recruiting people this year.,” Berry said. “They have the biggest hearts, and they also have a really great work ethic. Those are like the two qualities that you could just only pray for out of a team, and they have them both like ten-fold.”

Before its 25-18, 25-13, 25-10 loss to Montgomery Community College Saturday, Sept. 24, the team had acquired two more players to give itself a roster of eight, and the team is still searching for players, according to Berry.

Berry said that her players cooperate well with each other.

“They have a really great chemistry between each other,” Berry said. “They all get along very well, and they work really hard together.”

After the team’s season opener, volleyball player and exercise science major Sarah Lynch cited the lack of players for the loss.

“We were all pretty tired and worn out by the end of it,” Lynch said. “So once we get more people in, I feel like we could do a lot better.”

Lynch expressed some positive impressions of her team, which she classified as rebuilding.

“We seem to be really good,” Lynch said. “Everyone on the team is basically new. We’re kind of restarting the program, I guess. Like, the coaches are all new, but we’re doing really well so far, and I feel like we could do really well this season.”

After men’s soccer dropped to 1-3 with a loss to Rowan College at Gloucester County Saturday, Sept. 17, head coach Dan Moylan cited playing teams of high grade as a cause of the record, and he expressed potential in his team.

“The record is not where we want to be, but two of the losses are to the defending regional champs and the runner-up so real high-quality teams, so I think, as I told the kids after the game, there’s a lot of the season ahead of us,” Moylan said. “Most importantly, we just need to find a break or two, and then we’ll get on a good streak. The kids have been working hard in practice, and as long as they keep doing that, I think we’ll be successful.”

Moylan said that his team should improve after injured players return.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries early on,” Moylan said. “And we’re kind of starting to get guys healthy, so I think as we get our full team healthy, we’re gonna have a lot more success.”

Allen Maldonado, men’s soccer player and sociology major, said that after losing to Rowan College at Gloucester County, his team needs to focus on its future.

“[The game] didn’t go our way,” Maldonado said. “[We] hope for the best for the future, but for now, we’ve just got to work on what’s important for next game.”

Volleyball played its first game with only six players, the minimum amount of players on a court without any substitutes, losing 23-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-15.

After losing its second game 25-13, 25-14, 25-22 to Bergen Community College Thursday, Sept. 15, head coach Amy Berry expressed talent and potential in her team, but said that the lack of players has held them back.

“We could have won the first one, but it’s been a tough time recruiting people this year.,” Berry said. “They have the biggest hearts, and they also have a really great work ethic. Those are like the two qualities that you could just only pray for out of a team, and they have them both like ten-fold.”

Before its 25-18, 25-13, 25-10 loss to Montgomery Community College Saturday, Sept. 24, the team had acquired two more players to give itself a roster of eight, and the team is still searching for players, according to Berry.

Berry said that her players cooperate well with each other.

“They have a really great chemistry between each other,” Berry said. “They all get along very well, and they work really hard together.”

After the team’s season opener, volleyball player and exercise science major Sarah Lynch cited the lack of players for the loss.

“We were all pretty tired and worn out by the end of it,” Lynch said. “So once we get more people in, I feel like we could do a lot better.”

Lynch expressed some positive impressions of her team, which she classified as rebuilding.

“We seem to be really good,” Lynch said. “Everyone on the team is basically new. We’re kind of restarting the program, I guess. Like, the coaches are all new, but we’re doing really well so far, and I feel like we could do really well this season.”

Women’s soccer head coach Roger Stevens said that his team’s season-opening shutouts indicated quality in its defense.

“The first three games were all shutouts which was good,” Stevens said. “They should have been considering the teams we were playing, and that’s always a good indicator because that means that we’re doing the things when we don’t have the ball that we should do.”

Stevens, who has coached the team for 24 seasons, said that the lack of an athletic trainer has brought about a hampering void.

“It makes it difficult to do the day-to-day rehab that we’d be getting from somebody working here,” Stevens said. “It’s harder for the players to recover as quickly in between games without, you know , like if you had a trainer here, you can do stem with them, you can ice them. A lot of this stuff they’ve been doing on their own.”

Stevens cited the decline of his team’s record partially to them playing better teams than they did in the beginning of the season, and said that they need consistency.

“Some of it is that we’re playing better teams than we played in the beginning of the season,” Stevens said. “We won the games that we should have early on. Now, we’re starting to go up against the competition, but part of it is just playing consistently throughout 90 minutes, if it’s overtime, 110 minutes if it’s overtime.”

Stevens said that his team also needs to work on seizing opportunities.

“But the other issue is that we’ve got to finish our opportunities and work on finishing and striking the ball , attacking,” Stevens said. “I mean, we’re getting plenty of opportunities in the games, but we’re just not putting them away at times … And better teams aren’t going to give as many opportunities, so when we do have that one or two, we’ve got to be able to put them away.”

Reanna Cope, women’s soccer player and nursing major said that her team has worked well and should continue to focus on unity.

“We’ve been doing really well,” Cope said. “We’ve been working together. We just need to stay focused … We just need to stay as a team and not get mad at each other.”

CCM students interested in joining the volleyball team may email Berry at volleyball@ccm.edu.

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