BRISTOL - It didnâ€™t take long for the Bristol Central girls volleyball program to prove it was the better team on the court Wednesday night at their home gym against Plainville.
After giving up the first two points to the Blue Devils, Bristol Central beat the Blue Devils in straight sets by set scores of 25-7, 25-11 and 25-21 to start the season 2-0.
The fast start this year for the Rams is what third year head coach Holly Willette expected out of her group.
â€śI was expecting them to start this quick,â€ť Willette said. â€śTheyâ€™ve been working really, really hard. Theyâ€™ve been showing up to all the summer workouts. They are putting the effort in and they want it. And you can work with that as a coach. They give it their all every day.â€ť
Plainville got off to fast starts in all three sets with a 2-0 lead in the first set, a 2-1 lead in the second and then a 4-1 advantage in the third.
While the quick starts for the Blue Devils were a positive, staying focused throughout the entire set is something that Plainville is looking to establish as a team this season.
Against the Rams, unforced mistakes for the Blue Devils were a problem on the court.
â€śEven though we may have losses, we still have to keep our heads up and make sure we still have the confidence and weâ€™re ready to play the next game,â€ť Blue Devils senior setter Victoria Corriveau said. â€śWe sometimes get our heads down but we have to make sure we bring each other back up and stick together as a team.â€ť
The third set was the most competitive between the two after Bristol Central eliminated the early Plainville leads quickly in the first two sets.
Corriveau helped get the Blue Devils off to a quick 4-1 start in the third before Bristol Centralâ€™s Brooke Soucy rallied off six straight service points.
The back and forth set continued and at 12-12 Plainville finally gained momentum to go up 17-13.
But Bristol Central junior Peyton Greger had a game changing point to get the Rams the ball back down 20-17 and Bristol Central used the momentum to spark a 8-1 run to close out the final set and secure the Rams win.
Plainville fell to 0-2 with the loss and is expecting a bounce back after a winless season last year.