BRISTOL - Bristol Central girls volleyball didnâ€™t get the result it wanted on senior night against in town rival Bristol Eastern.
Coming into the match, the Rams hadnâ€™t beaten the Lancers since 1993 and falling just short and extending that streak is a tough break for Bristol Central.
The hard work put in by the Rams to be capable of beating Bristol Eastern was on full display in a back and forth match that lasted over two hours.
â€śThey put it all together,â€ť Bristol Central head coach Holly Willette said. â€śThey fought their hearts out and never gave up. They played a great game. They worked their butts off and Iâ€™m so proud of them. Theyâ€™re an amazing group of girls and worked so hard for this moment. I obviously wish it went the other way but that was [a great match].â€ť
Although, the Rams controlled the match throughout and the loss was a result of some bad breaks in a match that could have gone either way with scores of 21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 and the final set 15-10.
â€śI think we were lucky to win that,â€ť Bristol Eastern head coach Stacy Rivoira said. â€śThey outplayed us all four games until the last one and the last one is a whole different ball game because itâ€™s only to 15 and once you get behind itâ€™s very hard to gain momentum back.
In the second set, nine unforced errors from the Rams and two services late in the set by Amanda Warner and Ashleigh Clark proved to be a pivotal part to the match with unforced errors on both serves resulting the ball being turned back over to the Lancers.
Again, in the final set it was a sequence of points that was detrimental to Bristol Centralâ€™s chance of winning.
Bristol Eastern freshman Zoe Lowe had been a force at the net all game and with the final set tied 6-6 ended up winning three consecutive points that was too much to bounce back from for Bristol Central.
For the Rams, this loss turned out to be a lack of breaks when needed rather than a result of effort.
Bristol Central received outstanding performances from senior Brianna Saverino and junior Amanda Warner.
Saverino was all over the court, both winning points at the net or keeping points alive for the Rams.
She had an impressive last regular season game for Bristol Central, finishing with 16 kills and 15 digs.
Warner played her part keeping points alive, often getting down low to return spike hits by Lowe, something that wasnâ€™t easy as Lowe showed great power as the crowd would react in awe each time she crushed the ball at the net.
Warner finished the match with 38 digs and was a major reason the Rams stayed in the match.
With the loss, Bristol Central finished the regular season 13-7 and still has the postseason to look forward to.
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