BRISTOL - For the Bristol Central girls’ volleyball team, the first two games of the season show the potential that the group has this year. For Plainville, it still has some work to do.
The Rams swept the Blue Devils on Monday with scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-14. Both of Bristol Central’s first two matches have been sweeps.
With the early season success, time will tell just how far this team can go. For now, the excitement is buzzing around the team.
“I’m excited to see what the season beholds for us,” the Rams’ Brianna Saverino said. “I know with this group we’re capable of a lot.”
Bristol Central believes that the growth of the team after another year of experience is going to be very beneficial for this season. Against Plainville, some of that added experience was on display.
“I think that we communicated so that’s getting better,” Bristol Central head coach Holly Willette said. We’re transitioning and connecting with our hitters much better. Our passing is really picking up and overall the core play itself is getting better.”
For Willette and her team, the success is welcoming but there are still specific parts of the game that need improvement.
“I feel as though we could’ve played up a little more,” Saverino said. “I know what we’re capable of and I know we could’ve brought more to the table.”
Bristol Central looked strong in every facet of the game against Plainville. The Rams hit their spots on the floor throughout the night.
In addition to the strength of the team, strong teamwork was shown with their passing throughout each of the three games. Ashleigh Clark led the way with 11 assists.
Xai’ian Carrasco and Kathryn Ross also had strong performances for the Rams. Carrasco finished with five kills and a pair of aces while Ross had four kills, three aces and two blocks.
Plainville challenged the Rams at first, but it didn’t take long for Bristol Central to take over and dominate the game.
“I think we adapted very well to the differences that were thrown to us on the court,” Carrasco said. “We were a little scrambled at first but then we picked up the pace and got it together and started playing like ourselves again.”
For Plainville, each game played is important, as the team is inexperienced. Only a few players on the roster have varsity playing experience. For a younger group, Plainville played with great emotion and kept each other focused during each game regardless of the score.
“I saw a lot of enthusiasm today and energy,” Plainville head coach Bob Moffo said. “The level picked up to where it should be. They’re getting competitive so I’m very happy with what I’ve seen so far.”
While this is the second consecutive time getting swept, Plainville isn’t letting the 0-2 start to the season bring them down.
“I think we kind of got down on ourselves at points but it was good that we were able to bring the energy back up,” Plainville’s Caitlin Bradley said.
Katie Tanguay led the way for Plainville with six kills.
“I feel confident, we play them [Bristol Central] again and I think we just need more practice,” Plainville’s Desiree Wesolowski said.
Bristol Central will look to continue its undefeated start to the season Thursday at home versus Conard. Plainville will look to secure its first victory Wednesday against Northwest Catholic at home.
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