Bristol Central volleyball falls to RHAM in season opener

Published on Friday, 9 September 2022 14:40
Written by Serenity Bishop 


BRISTOL – The Bristol Central Rams fell to the RHAM Raptors 3-1 in their season opener. Despite RHAM’s impressive play, Bristol Central led in all four matches, but the Rams were just unable to close it out. 

The Raptors won the first set 25-23 and the second set 26-24. Bristol Central won the third set 25-19, but lost the fourth set 25-21. Rams coach Lance Pepper said finishing and errors are two of the key pieces the team will need to fix quickly in time for their next three opponents. 

“Our errors killed us from time to time,” Pepper said. “When you end up losing a set 26-24 and you have six errors, those are six free points we gave away. In the first set we lost 25-23 we had eight errors, so when we’re up we have to be able to finish games.”

Pepper said another aspect of the game that led to their defeat was their lack of communication. 

“We have to clean that stuff up. You can't lose easy points against a well established team like RHAM,” he said.

Despite the places of improvement the Rams need to make, Pepper was impressed with the team’s ability to fight back. After losing the first two sets, Bristol Central’s intensity took a step up in the third set. The Rams established their lead early and continued their dominance throughout the set. 

In the fourth set, RHAM took a comfortable lead going up 17-12, but the Rams stormed back to tie the game up at 17 before taking the lead and pushing the score to 20-18. However, the inability to finish late in the match reared its ugly head once again ultimately leading to the Rams demise. 

“I saw a lot of good stuff out of the kids,” Pepper said. “We were able to fight back throughout some periods. I think these kids never give up no matter what the situation is whether we’re down 10 or two. Now we just have to put our foot down and close out games and matches.”

Offensively, the Rams were able to find ways to score, especially when Brooke Valentino was in position for a kill. Valentino led the team with 15 kills.  

“Brooke did very well offensively and I think the more our setter is able to spread things out as far as the offense goes, we are going to be able to feed her more because the defensive players on the other side can't sit on just [Brooke],” Pepper said. 

He said once the team is able to open things up he believes Valentino’s offensive production will only increase.

The Rams next game will be Monday home against Glastonbury at 6:30 p.m.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central on Friday, 9 September 2022 14:40. Updated: Friday, 9 September 2022 14:43.