BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern girls volleyball team appears to be heading in the right direction.
The Lancers had little difficulty with Platt Monday night and swept the Panthers 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-16).
Bristol Eastern got a number of strong performances. Alex DiMattia finished the night with 14 digs and five aces; Amber Blais recorded 10 kills; Zoe Lowe ended with 10 kills and three aces; while Aliana Rivoira finished with 31 assists and five aces.
“We improved from the last game, but we need to eliminate some of the unforced errors that we made tonight,” Lancers head coach Stacy Rivoira said. “But we got the win and just need to keep improving.”
Bristol Eastern is now 4-2.
Bristol Eastern 8, Platt 2: It wasn’t much of a challenge for the Lancers, who were leading the Panthers 5-1 at the half.
Myah Croze and Kailey Laprise led the way on offense for Bristol Eastern, scoring a combined seven of the team’s eight goals. Croze finished her afternoon with a game-high four, while Laprise finished right behind at two. Jenna Soucy scored a goal as well.
But what made the Lancers offense so dangerous was its ability to move the ball as eight different players finished with an assist. Brooke Dauphinee ended the day with a team-high two, while Sara Tyminski, Croze, Soucy, Laprise, Sara Stadnicki, Kate Kozikowski and Karly Martin each had one.
Karly Martin saved three shots as Bristol Eastern moved to 2-3 on the season.
Bristol Central 2, Maloney 1: It took a pair of second-half goals from Mia Hinton, but the Rams were able to come away with a hard-fought win.
Faith Roy and Mia Santilli assisted the goals.
Bristol Central has plenty of chances in the first half, especially by Adalia Malick, but were unable to get anything past Maloney keeper McKenzie Wrinn.
The Rams defense also had a solid afternoon with Erika Santilli, Sarah Guerin, Lily Hansen, Roy and Ashley Macdonald keeping the Spartans away from the goal. Aubrey Kelly made three nice saves to hold off Maloney as well.
Bristol Eastern 3, Platt 0: The Lancers were all over Platt goalie Cameron Germe. Bristol Eastern finished the game with 29 shots on goal. Platt only had 6 shots.
In the first half, Jake Woznicki scored the only goal assisted by Lyle Winiarski at 33:12. Tom Lombardi started out the second half scoring with a goal at 37:02 assisted by Jared Greger. With just under 4 minutes remaining, Woznicki scored his second goal of the game unassisted.
The big game out of Woznicki led the Lancers to the win and advance to 2-3 on the season.
“We pressured the ball and found open men throughout the game,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bill Sweet said. “It was a solid team effort.”
Bristol Central 3, Maloney 1: Bristol Central got off to a fast start with a pair of first half goals to take a 2-0 lead going into the break.
The Rams goals were scored by Diego Naranjo, Adam Jones and David Bowes. Bristol Central was outshot in the game 10-7 but capitalized on its chances.
Alex Bernier made nine saves in the contest and the defense played well in front of him. Offensively, Naranjo was a great scorer and distributed the ball well.
“The defense played really well today,” Rams head coach Nate Jandreau said. “We played great team defense, shut down some dynamic players Maloney had. Dillon Willis, Dante Prado and Ellis Carmelich really anchored the defense today. Offensively, Diego was a great scorer and distributor of the ball.”