BRISTOL - When the Bristol Central girls volleyball team needs a big play this season, junior outside hitter Peyton Greger may be the player delivering it.
Greger is expected to be a standout for the Rams this season and it showed in the team’s second match of the season against Plainville Wednesday.
With the Rams’ momentum after winning the first two sets slowly fading as the Blue Devils led 20-16 and were five points away from forcing a fourth set, Greger chased down the ball and found an open spot on Plainville’s side of the court. It allowed Bristol Central to win the point and get the Rams back on serve, trailing 20-17 instead of 21-16.
Bristol Central then went on to win eight of the last nine points en route to its straight-set victory.
“I really think that it boosted the confidence for our entire team and brought the energy back up,” Greger said. “It really brought us back into the moment, brought us back into the game and got our mental focus back. It helped us a lot.”
While the Rams had a 2-0 set lead and all the momentum coming into the third set, Greger chasing down that ball eliminated the Blue Devils’ progress and ended their hopes of having a shot to win the match in the final two sets.
“[Plainville] definitely had their energy up and they kept getting the ball over,” Greger said. “But we definitely came back and fought back.”
If Bristol Central makes another run to the Class L tournament, Greger is going to be a big reason behind it and those kind of plays out of her aren’t a surprise at this point in her career.
“Peyton is going to be an outstanding leader for us,” Rams head coach Holly Willette said. “She’s one of our captains this year as a junior because of her fierce competitiveness. I love what she brings to the court and the team. She just has so much fire and finds that focus to make those types of momentum plays. She knows how to get her team ready to go and where they need to be in those moments of chaos.”