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BVT Girls’ Volleyball Looks to Gel for Tourney

The Blackstone Valley Tech girls' volleyball team is tournament bound, but still looking for the right mix of talent for the postseason following a bumpy run through the second half of the schedule.
"We started off really well, but then we had some tough matches against some tough competition and we have not been coming out on top," head coach Brian Lehtinen said. "A lot of times it's been having too many unforced errors and giving away points in matches where it matters."
The Beavers began the week with a 10-5 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the Colonial Athletic League. BVT rolled to a 10-1 start to the season before dropping four in a row.
"It's a tough losing streak, but we are looking to bounce back and just start getting ready for the playoffs," Lehtinen said. "I think the rest of the regular season will be about focusing on the unforced errors and maybe mixing up the lineups too if someone is a little off. We will try to find a solid six who can really perform in those pressure matches."
Outside hitter Victoria Wojnar has been a "really solid" outside hitter for Valley Tech, Lehtinen said. Junior Olivia Pellegrini has been steady in racking up kills on the right side, and Elizabeth Parry, another junior, has been a mainstay in the middle throughout the season.
"Those are the core three that we are trying to work around," Lehtinen said. "We are trying to find a solid six who can all work together on the court."
The final week of the regular season should give the Beavers a good barometer of how well they are coming together for the tournament, Lehtinen said. BVT has matches scheduled next week against Whitinsville Christian and Nipmuc, both of whom are postseason teams. 
Valley Tech dropped a 3-0 decision against Whitinsville last month. Lehtinen said unforced errors and the pressure of taking on a tournament-tested team got the better of his team, but he feels they have a chance to put together a stronger showing the second time around.
"I think we can go deep in the playoffs, if we can show up and have a great second match with Whitinsville Christian," Lehtinen said. "If we can compete with them, maybe take a couple of sets or take the match, it will really tell us where we are. That's the biggest match for the rest of the season."




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