Bristol Central girls volleyball wraps up highly successful season

Published on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 23:02


BRISTOL - The Bristol Central girls volleyball team didn’t see much success in its final game against rival Bristol Eastern.

Though, the season was a success overall.

After just six wins as a program last year, the Rams finished their season 13-9 this season, a seven game improvement, and the conclusion of the season results in the loss of seven seniors - including senior captains Brianna Saverino and Xia’ian Carrasco.

The two were a big reason for the success of this year’s group.

“My seniors are outstanding,” Bristol Central coach Holly Willette said.

“Especially my senior captains [Saverino and Carrasco]. I couldn’t be prouder of them. They led this team just how I wanted my captains to lead the team. They worked so hard. Their effort is outstanding. They’re always trying to grow and progress and I’m going to miss them.”

While the loss of the seniors is tough, they have left the program in good hands, as three sophomores will enter their junior season with two years of varsity experience - Kathryn Ross, Peyton Greger and Ashleigh Clark.

“They’re hard workers,” Willette said. “They’re always trying to get better and push themselves to the next level and that’s how you grow. They’re getting it.”

Along with those three are freshman Emily Ericson, who saw her playing time grow as the season went on and will be expected to take a big step forward in her sophomore year.

Also expected to step up next season as sophomores are Brooke Soucy, an outside hitter, Alexa Furniss, a setter, and Gwen Toresso.

This year’s senior class knows that the young players on this team are capable of having another successful season next year.

“I think even though they’re much younger than us, we’ve learned a lot from them,” Saverino said. “Starting from when we were juniors last year with three freshmen (Ross, Greger and Clark). I think I’ve learned the most from those three.”

“Even though they’re younger they persevere and they fight through it,” Carrasco said. “That’s very inspiring, even though I’m older than them.”

The seniors had no shame in how they went out.

“I couldn’t be happier in the way we fought,” Saverino said. “I think everything went for the reason it was supposed to be. If we had to lose, we needed to lose, but we went out hard and went out swinging.”

Following the loss, Willette was already excited about next year, with good reason.

“We’re young and we’re going to keep working on it,” Willette said.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, General Sports on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 23:02. Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 23:05.