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Winning Start for Nipmuc/BVT Volleyball

The Nipmuc and Blackstone Valley Tech boys' volleyball co-op posted a 6-5 record through its first 11 games and is in position to qualify for the tournament, but the bad news for their future opponents is that head coach Brian Gerard doesn't feel like his team has yet recognized its potential.
"Not in my mind, not at all," Gerard said. "Our biggest Achilles heel has been the serve receive which starts everything. When we lose the ball, it can be a crapshoot in terms of how many points we going are to give up before we get the ball back."
Inconsistencies in setting and receiving serves have dogged the team, but not enough to keep it from putting together a winning record and competing in some thrilling matches. The Warriors played in five set matches against Wachuset and Millis, losing the former and winning in the latter.
"In the loss to Wachuset, it was just a phenomenal match, exciting on both sides of the court," Gerdard said. "Those are the types of losses I can live with. The kids did a great job."
Gerard felt the same way about the victory over Millis, adding that those types of matches, win or lose, can help a coach learn a lot about the mettle of his team. "It's kind of boring when it's a three set win and you're out of the gym," he said. "I don't know how much you get out of those matches."
Nipmuc/BVT beat Norton on Monday and has a 4-1 record in the newly formed Tri- Valley League. Senior outside hitter Taber Grose, a BVT student, has been one of the team's standouts, but has not been able to reach his full potential because of some of the setting challenges, Gerard said. "He is a phenomenal volleyball player," the coach said. "Once we can clean up the setting, he can get back to being as good as he is."
Senior captain Hayden Curley, who attends Nipmuc, is tops on the team in service points and has been a good defender and blocker, but Gerard said he still wants to see him take his attacking game to another level.
Brian St. John, another BVT product, has been steady on the right side. "He is a tremendous blocker," Gerard said. "He shuts down a lot of outside hitters."
Gerard said the second half of the schedule sets up nicely for his team to continue its run to the district tournament. "We are going to be making playoffs," he said. "It's a matter of seeding and who we see in the first round."




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