BRISTOL - On senior night for the Bristol Central girls volleyball team, the match was tied 2-2 and it with Bristol Eastern up 14-10 in the set and with Peyton Greger serving for the Rams, it was a freshman for the Lancers that ended it in style.
“I knew it was going to be a great set by [Aliana Rivoira] and that I had to get it down to win it for my team,” Bristol Eastern’s Zoe Lowe said. “I knew I could get it down.”
Lowe got setup by Rivoira at the net and spiked the ball with a clean kill in the Lancers came out with a tough, back-and-forth win on Thursday night 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10).
Lowe finished the night with 16 kills.
In the first set, Bristol Central got out to an early 6-3 lead behind three early service points from Peyton Greger.
But Bristol Eastern came back to tie it up at 8-8 with each team struggling to win on serve.
With the set score at 11-11, Greger once again took over service and won three consecutive points again.
Later in the set, Bristol Central freshman Emily Ericson took over with the Rams up 15-12 and extended the lead to 19-12 before conceding a point to the Lancers.
Amanda St. Pierre took over serve for Bristol Eastern and got the Lancers closer, winning four consecutive points.
With the score at 20-17, Bristol Eastern struggled to convert serving with a pair of service errors by Taylor Patnode and Andreia DeAngelo helping the Rams pulled out the first set 25-20.
In the second set, once again it started back and forth and it wasn’t until Alex DiMattia took over serve with the set the Lancers up 16-15 that one side got an edge.
DiMattia rallied off two service points to give Bristol Eastern the 18-15 lead until Kathryn Ross won a point at the net to get Bristol Central the ball back.
At 19-18, Bristol Eastern’s Rebecca Bender hit the net to tie the set up at 19-19.
Following that, Gabriella Nozzillo won a point at the net for the Lancers and Bristol Eastern held on for the rest of the set to win 25-22.
In the third set Bristol Central controlled throughout getting out to an 18-9 lead.
The Lancers got it close behind strong service from Zoe Lowe but the Rams held tight hanging on to win 25-22 with strong service from Ross towards the end of the set.
The fourth set was going both ways as well, a constant throughout the night before St. Pierre took over and the Lancers won another close one 25-20.
In the fifth set. Lowe won four straight service points which proved to be the difference and her kill ended the match with the Bristol Eastern win.
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