CHESHIRE — Tuesday was a special night for Cheshire volleyball.
Not only did the Rams get a 3-0 SCC interdivisional win over a tough Guilford squad to extend their undefeated season to 12-0, they got head coach Sue Bavone her 500th career win.
Emotions were high and play was intense as the Rams helped Bavone reach the milestone in her 24th season. Guilford (12-3) fought hard to spoil the special night, but the Rams were not having any of it.
“After the week we’ve had, relief is one of the things I am feeling, but I am also excited,” Bavone said. “I am excited for the girls because they can remember they are a part of this. The kids are what make us tick. I would not have gotten to 500 if they did not pull it through tonight.”
Bavone also reflected on what this milestone means to her.
“It means a long time. I just keep thinking about how many kids went through this program [who] I coached and who still stay in touch with me. Just having those relationships, to me, is what I think of. If you think about it, that is a lot of kids that play. It is truly humbling. All those kids trusted me to lead them.”
Against Guilford on Tuesday, the first set was tightly contested, going back and forth. Cheshire hit match point at 24-16. Guilford made a late push, scoring the next five points, before the Rams took the game 25-21.
Cheshire started off strong in the second set, establishing a 6-0 lead. The Rams were up 16-12 when Guilford reeled off six straight to surge ahead 18-16.
The teams traded points the rest of the way, but Cheshire held on 25-23 to take a 2-0 lead.
Cheshire completed the sweep after early resistence in the third game. With the score tied 10-10, the Rams monopolized momentum and dominated. The next nine points went their way and they went on to win the third and final set 25-15.
While Tuesday was a special night for Bavone and her team, she wants her players, currently ranked No. 3 in the state coaches poll, to stay focused for the next game, which comes Wednesday night at home against Lyman Hall.
“We did not play our best tonight and we do have things to work on,” the head coach said, turning her attention to capturing win No. 501. “As nice and special as this is, we need to get back to work because we play tomorrow.”