BRISTOL - Having lost every match last season, the Plainville girls volleyball team is searching for anything to spark the team this year.
Down two sets to Bristol Central Wednesday night, the Blue Devils third set was an impressive one.
“[The third set] will most definitely help us going forward,” Plainville second-year head coach Bob Moffo said. “I really feel that the kids came together in that third set.”
The Blue Devils held a 20-17 lead with a fourth set looking likely at the time before losing eight of the final nine points to fall in straight sets.
While a loss is nothing a team will point to as a positive, the third-set lead Plainville had and the way it played on the court with excitement resembled a team that may be trending in the right direction.
“I think it really started to show us that we’re capable of getting back up from losing two sets,” Blue Devils senior setter Victoria Corriveau said. “Communication is definitely important and as a team we can get better at that, but I think we’re almost there.”
The third set was a representation of the progress Plainville has made this year.
In the season opener against Bristol Eastern, the Blue Devils won 18 total points before winning a combined 39 against the Rams Wednesday night.
“We had a tough match [Tuesday] against Bristol Eastern, who’s very, very strong and we came out and played well [Wednesday],” Moffo said. “We were a little jittery again [against Bristol Central] but we’re headed in the right direction.”
A big part to a successful program is confidence, especially in a sport like volleyball where if one thing goes wrong the match can get out of hand quickly. It’s a game of making runs.
Confidence is something Plainville has to gain on the court and the third set against the Rams may have been the set to do that. But even if it does help provide that spark, the Blue Devils have their sights set on more than a single game or match.
“We’re shooting for more than just one win on the board,” Moffo said.