The Bristol Central Rams have turned around their season, knocking off Middletown, Plainville and Farmington in their last three games.
After struggling entering the season, going just 1-2 in their first three games, the Rams have become more consistent and cleaned up their errors on the road in defeating each of their last three opponents 3-0.
While Bristol Central has been able to win their last few games, coach Lance Pepper said in order to continue to have success the team cannot be complacent down the stretch.
“If you take a look at our schedule we have a difficult schedule and that's what I wanted in order for us to be able to win some tough games later on in October and November,” Pepper said. “We’re starting to connect a little better; we're starting to grow a little bit more and understand our roles that we all have and I think that is going to be critical for us later in the season.”
During Wednesday’s game against Farmington, the Rams took a little time to settle in during the first set. Farmington led for most of the set before Bristol Central came back and won 27-25. In the second and third set, the Rams led big in both, but let their foot off the gas an allowed their opponent back into the game.
The Rams ended up winning both sets 25-22.
Pepper said he gives credit to Farmington and their middle blockers, who wielded their team back into those sets, but Bristol Central has to do a better job closing out.
“I think we were flat footed the entire night honestly. We have to do a better job at coming out and putting the foot down and now letting up,” Pepper said. “We were up big throughout the course of the entire night and we weren't able to close it and then the score was a lot tighter than it realistically could have been.”
He said he believes sometimes the reasoning for the team to let up toward the end of the game is because they become complacent. He said sometimes the team takes plays off, sometimes they lack energy and sometimes the communication is not where it needs to be.
He said those are all things that they can control and all things that they have to work on to continue being successful.
“Control our controllables. That's something we preach in our gym,” Pepper said. “We can't control what the other side of the court is going to do, but we can control our ability to set, our ability to pass and our ability to swing.”