By: Anthony Ingham
The County College of Morris volleyball team barely won out their game Thursday, Oct. 11 game over Bucks Community College, going winning three games and losing two to bolster the team’s record to three wins and eight losses. The scores for the games were 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, and 15-13.
The roars of the crowd turned every point scored into an event as the team played out a close first but lost it after a late volley, losing 21-25 in the first game.
They went on to win the next two games, and even started the 3rd with a 7 point scoring streak. How the Titans won was more dominant as well, certainly being reflected in their game scores, being 25-22 and 25-20 respectively. This was not enough to stop the Bucks from coming back in the next round, also beating the home team 20-25.
Due to it being a fifth set in the match, this meant the game would be played till first to 15 with a two point lead, or until one was two points ahead of the other team afterwards (i.e 16-18). Both teams went back and forth, with neither one being able to stay more than one point ahead for too long.
When the game was 12-13, one of the Titans’ three liberos, Kyara Ramirez, made a miracle dive as the ball was inches away from the front left of their side of the court, saving the ball and allowing them to set up for a point. Along with the momentum of the crowd, the team scored after the next two rallies, putting them at 15-13 and winning the match.
Sophia Meola, team captain and outside hitter, commented on where the team stands as of right now.
“We’ve had a rough season, but we’re getting it together, albeit a little late,” she said.
Brittney Hanna, middle hitter, says that while the team is great, they can sometimes “lose communication,” leading to them playing worse than they normally would otherwise.
“This is the best time I’ve ever been on, and we practice really hard,” Hanna said. “But sometimes we don’t communicate as well as we should, and that tends to be our downfall.”
The team’s last regular season game will take place at the CCM health and physical education building at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.