PLAINVILLE – Plainville girls volleyball earned a decisive 3-0 win over No. 24 Abbott Tech during the first round of the Class M state tournament on Monday.
The No. 9 Blue Devils won straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-15 and 25-18 for their first postseason victory since 2016.
“They came out ready to play,” Plainville coach Alle Caponigro said. “We struggle a little bit when we go into games sometimes. We're either completely flat or we're 100 percent there, there isn't a lot of in-between for us. When they show up and their energy is where it's supposed to be, they can pull it out.”
Except for a few instances, the Blue Devils were in complete control throughout the match and their strong serves helped them string together a pile of points. Just about every Plainville player was responsible for consecutive service points in the sweep.
“That's been our mantra all year,” Caponigro said. “Get the serve in bounds, make the other team make the mistake. You can't make the mistake if you're putting the ball in bounds. Halfway through the season we struggled with throwing wild serves up but we seem to have reeled that back in. We've really been focusing on that and it seems to have paid off tonight at least.”
Wiktoria Galazyn showed why she's one of the best hitters in Class M with an impressive performance against the Wolverines. Along with a consistent night behind the service line, Galazyn grabbed a plethora of points for the Blue Devils via kills. The senior hitter has been Plainville's star all season and Monday was much of the same.
“She's a strong player and she's a strong presence on the court,” Caponigro said. “Not just playing-wise but energy-wise, and being positive out there. When she starts getting into a groove, everybody else falls in line. It's easier for them to say, 'hey, now I can swing at the ball because we're on a momentum, we're moving a little bit.'
The final game of the match was the closest as Abbot Tech was within a couple of points midway through the set, but Galazyn helped the Blue Devils close out the contest with some surging spikes that wound up sinking the Wolverines' comeback attempt.
“During one of the timeouts I said to them, 'listen we have to start creating our own energy. That's going to start with one of you guys putting the ball down, and then another one and then another one.'” Caponigro said. “I'm glad that they were able to take that and use that in the last game.”
Now moving on to the second round, Plainville will hit the road to take on No. 8 Woodland Wednesday night with first serve coming at 6 p.m.
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