By Jay Young
Last week, the Randolph girls volleyball team (22-2) rolled over Bloomfield in the Class D Far West Regionals with a decisive 3-0 victory.
Randolph’s Miranda Gross serves during the Section 6 Class D championship volleyball match.
P-J photo by Jay Young
Their toughest test, however, has yet to come.
Now the Lady Cardinals travel to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in Glens Falls for the sixth time since 2005, and will face their most difficult challenge of the year Saturday in pool-play.
Coach Robin Maycocks's team is scheduled for three preliminary two-set matches, beginning at 3 p.m., and hopes to earn a bid to the Class D finals on Sunday.
"This is especially tough because we don't know much about any of the teams we will be playing," Maycock said. "I have seen some stats and basic information, but other than that we don't know a whole lot."
The Lady Cardinals are looking to add to an impressive state championship resume that includes titles in 2005, 2006, and 2010.
A big part of the success for this season's team can be attributed to chemistry between the players.
"I don't know that I have ever had a closer group of girls in my time coaching," Maycock said. "If someone has a bad game, there is another girl to step up, and everyone helps each other out."
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That cohesiveness paid dividends against Bloomfield, when the Lady Cardinals struggled to produce accurate hitting in an unfamiliar arena.
"The lights seemed low and we had a tough time figuring out exactly where the lines were, so that took an adjustment," Maycock said.
Those issues shouldn't be a problem this weekend when Randolph visits the Glens Falls Civic Center, which has hosted the NYSPHSAA championships for seven consecutive years. What could prove decisive is serving, something that the team has worked to improve throughout the playoffs.
"I haven't stressed it as much before as I have now,'' Maycock said, "but this time of year it is important to control points and have the ball."
The Lady Cardinals will look to veterans Cierra Farmer, McKenna Maycock, and Lindsey Chase to control points offensively and produce easy points from the service line.
McKenna Maycock, a junior, has been the rock supporting Randolph throughout the year, leading the team in scoring and kills. She is likely to draw plenty of attention from opposing blockers.
"If we stick to what we do best, then we will do fine," Robin Maycock said. ''This is a fun time of the year and everyone is excited."
Robin Maycock will have a busy weekend, as her son, Mitchell, leads the Randolph football team at quarterback against Red Jacket in the Class D Far West Regional in Rochester. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., today.