NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain girls volleyball team knew the game against Plainville Monday night was winnable and sitting at 2-2 on the season, it represented a great opportunity to get above .500.
After the Hurricanes came away with the 3-0, they are hoping to build up some momentum in the early part of the season.
“I think we’re going to win quite a few games,” New Britain head coach Michelle Abraham said. “We’re 3-2 right now and we have a few tough teams coming up, but if [our players] come out and play as well as they are capable of playing we would leave a lot of nights very happy.”
That tough schedule starts today at home against 4-1 Maloney.
New Britain still has work to do and has been practicing hard to fine tune certain aspects of its game.
“Our passes are a little sharper and anticipating where the ball might go so we can set up our front row,” Abraham said.
Serve and receiving has been a strong suit for the Hurricanes so far this season. In the game against Plainville, numerous times New Britain won the point off of the serve that led to the Hurricanes gaining an edge on their opponent in the point.
If the Hurricanes continue to fine tune their ball placement and that progresses for the rest of the season, the group could go far.
Against Plainville, that was on full display and Maloney will present a true challenge to the Hurricanes to see where they truly stand.
“New Britain played very well, their service was excellent everything was deep and they were aggressive to the ball,” Plainville coach Bob Moffo said.
Another part of the game that New Britain must work on going forward is consistency on the court. While the victories were by a wide margin, it was a game of runs in all three.
In each set, the Hurricanes had runs of at least five consecutive points. Although, at times, they let Plainville feel that it was still in it before New Britain would once again reel off a run.
Overall, the play of the Hurricanes thus far has been strong and the outlook for the season is bright.
Time will tell if it can hang with the top teams such as Maloney and Bristol Eastern.
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