NEW BRITAIN - After clinching its spot in the Class LL state tournament the night before, the New Britain girls volleyball team carried the winning momentum over into Wednesday.
In a back-and-forth battle that saw the Hurricanes rally from 2-0, New Britain topped Platt 3-2 in set scores of 25-27, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23 and 15-11.
“We played like we’re capable of playing,” New Britain coach Michelle Abraham said. “We have our moments and I’m proud of them.”
The Hurricanes came out the strongest in the third set and never looked back. New Britain opened up with two runs, one of three and another of six for an early 9-4 lead over the Panthers. Because of their strong opening, the Hurricanes were able to hold a constant lead throughout the set until the end. New Britain finished with the 25-17 over Platt.
The intensity continued in the fourth set. After the Panthers and the Hurricanes exchanged points, New Britain went on a 9-3 run for a 12-8 lead. But Platt rallied, tying the game 15-15. The Hurricanes lost the lead but came from behind, with a final run of three to seal the 25-23 win.
New Britain ended it after five. The Hurricanes came out and conquered throughout the set, maintaining a constant lead until the end.
“The first two games we were leading,” junior captain Raven Jarrett said. “Then sometimes when we have a mistake we tend to sulk our heads and get down. I think that’s what had us in the first two games. But the third game we brought the heat and the intensity and that’s what brought everyone back into the game.”
The first two sets proved to be just as intense as the two teams continuously fought for the lead throughout the first game. But it was Platt which pulled away to take a 13-10 lead midway through.
The Hurricanes stayed tough till the end. With a run of three New Britain was able to tie the game, 13-13. After constantly fighting it was the Panther who came out in a 27-25 win.
New Britain came out of the second set strong and got out to a 4-0 lead. But the Panthers battled back just as hard with a run of three to get them within one.
The Hurricanes were able to hold a constant lead until midway through when Platt made an 8-1 run to take the 15-11 lead. New Britain found momentum and took the lead (16-15) with its own run of five. The Hurricanes didn’t keep their momentum for long, as Platt continued to score. Eight service points later, New Britain was behind 23-19 and dropped the second set 25-22.
In the end, it set up everything for the final three sets.
“The first game we were right in it but we battled Abraham said. “It’s not what we want to do, battle from behind every game but I guess if they learn how to do that first then it makes the rest of the season easier.”
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org