PLAINVILLE â€“ The Plainville girls volleyball teamâ€™s eight-game win streak was snapped in its 3-0 loss to Platt on Friday.
The Blue Devils fell behind early to a hungry Panthers squad and never recovered as the visitors handed Plainville its fourth loss of the season.
â€śUnfortunately we had one of our starters be sick at school today,â€ť Blue Devils coach Alle Caponigro. â€śShe wasnâ€™t here at the game and our girls tried really, really hard and did a great job stepping into the hitting position that she normally plays. But I think in that chaos, they lost their purpose on the court. They lost their passing, lost their serving a little bit.â€ť
Wiktoria Galazyn was the missing Plainville player and the seniorâ€™s absence proved to be key as Platt won all three sets by scores of 25-17, 25-14, and 25-17.
The Blue Devils played its best game in the third set as they forced the Panthers to call a timeout midway through, but Plattâ€™s middle hitter Eva Dudley quickly turned the momentum back in her teamâ€™s favor with a couple of booming kills. Plainville could do little to stop Dudley throughout the contest as the sophomore put away multiple balls each set through spikes.
â€śWhen weâ€™re a little bit out of position because other people are subbed into the game, itâ€™s tough to find your footing after that,â€ť Caponigro said.
While the Blue Devils improved as the match went on, they couldnâ€™t find a consistent level of play that was good enough to overcome the Panthers, who moved to 7-8 with the victory.
â€śI think they did a great job holding it together and getting it back at the end,â€ť Caponigro said. â€śBut when youâ€™re down 2-0, itâ€™s tough to come back from that. It was just unfortunate that we started the game on our heels and itâ€™s tough to overcome that and move into four or five games. I think thatâ€™s just a learning curve, we havenâ€™t seen that yet, we havenâ€™t dealt with that situation, so I think moving forward, now thatâ€™s something weâ€™ll have seen, will know how to handle and weâ€™ll be good.â€ť
Fridayâ€™s defeat marks Plainvilleâ€™s first loss since Sept. 21 when Hall took the match, 3-1. The Blue Devils had beaten the likes of Lewis Mills, Middletown, Tolland, Bloomfield, Northwest Catholic, Hartford Public and Wamogo (twice) during their win streak.
â€śI pulled them aside after the game and they were all in a good mindset,â€ť Caponigro said. â€śWe have a game on Monday so hopefully theyâ€™ll take the weekend to reflect a little bit and understand some of the things that I was saying mid-game, and come back and adjust it for the game on Monday.â€ť
Plainville (11-4) will travel to Bristol Central (12-3) on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
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