PLAINVILLE - On senior night for the Plainville girls volleyball team, Blue Devils senior Caitlin Bradley took the ball to serve with Plainville tied 1-1 with Bristol Central and the Rams up in the third set 16-7.
Bradley won 13 consecutive points for the Blue Devils and with it, the momentum shifted in their favor leading to the third set win for Plainville.
Bristol Central, however, made sure not to give up and came back to win the fourth and fifth sets Thursday en route to a 3-2 (20-25, 25-11, 23-25, 25-10, 15-9) victory over Plainville.
“I believe that we’re a lot better than how we played out there,” Bristol Central’s Xia’ian Carrasco said. “There’s still a lot of miscommunication or no communication at all.”
In the first set, Plainville’s Desiree Wesolowski got the ball to serve with the Blue Devils up 15-12. Wesolowski reeled off six straight service points and got help from sophomore Katharine Tanguay.
Patrolling both ends of the net for Plainville throughout the game, Tanguay was nothing short of sensational and played a major role in the Blue Devils two set wins.
“Katharine did amazing,” Bradley said. “She really kept us going. She was constantly blocking and getting kills.”
In the first set, Tanguay was responsible for six Plainville points at the net and she finished with eight kills for the Blue Devils. Bradley, meanwhile, had six aces in the match for Plainville.
Bristol Central’s Peyton Greger and Taylor Soucy combined to win 11 service points in the second set for the Rams with Soucy winning seven straight service points to give Bristol Central a commanding 17-6 lead in the set.
With the tough second set for Plainville and down 16-7 in the third set, all the momentum was in favor of the Rams before Bradley took over the service and won 13 straight points, leading to the 25-23 set win.
Down two sets to one, Bristol Central got off to a strong start in the fourth set with Greger winning four straight service points, including a Carrasco kill. Again, it was Soucy going on a service streak, winning seven straight service points on her serve to give the Rams a 13-4 advantage in the set.
Bristol Central freshman Emily Ericson won three service points to close out the fourth set for the Rams.
“Emily Ericson our freshman stepped up,” Bristol Central coach Holly Willette said. “I ended up keeping her all around. She’s doing a great job as a freshman and I’m super proud of her.”
The Rams were up 2-1 in the final set before Ericson won four consecutive service points to give Bristol Central a 6-1 lead.
Those four points proved to be pivotal in a back and forth final set between the two teams. The Blue Devils fell just short.
For the Rams, Brianna Saverino had a stellar game with 11 kills, 16 digs and five aces.
Carrasco had eight kills and a pair of blocks and Ashleigh Clark continued to be a floor leader with 23 assists and an ace to go with it.
While Bristol Central came away with the win, the fight shown by a winless Plainville group didn’t go unnoticed by the Rams.
“Plainville did an awesome job since the first time we played them,” Willette said. “They hustled for every ball and they wanted it. They worked hard.”
For Blue Devils head coach Bob Moffo, the improvement shown bodes well for Plainville with three games left on the schedule and still looking for the first win.
“I’m so proud of them,” Moffo said. “The way they played tonight they left everything on the court. On senior night, I was praying for that fifth game for them but I can’t say more, they brought it to a new level tonight.”
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