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BVT Volleyball Stumbles Through Quirky Schedule

The Blackstone Valley Tech volleyball team dropped its second straight match on Monday, a 3-2 decision on the road against Tri-County. It was only the second match in a week for the Beavers, and head coach Barbara King does not think the schedule did her team any favors.
"Monday matches are tough, and not having played since the previous Monday makes it tougher," she said. "We had a match rescheduled and even though you can practice and drill, drill, drill, it's just not the same as real game action."
The Beavers dropped the first two sets on Monday before rallying to win sets three and four. In the deciding game, Tri-County came away with a 17-15 victory.
"Having the week off kind of hurt us," said King. "But we played well and fought hard, it was a match that could have gone either way."
BVT sits 5-0 in the Colonial Athletic League, but dropped a non-league match to Douglas last Monday before the loss to Tri-County.
"It's tough when you are facing tougher competition," said King. "I still want to make sure all of my players get into the game and get some experience, and sometimes it's just needing to get one more serve or hit and the pressure mounts in a close match."
The Beavers are 6-2 overall, not including last night's match against Nashoba Tech. Valley Tech will visit Monty Tech on Friday. BVT has been riding the strong play of a number of veteran players, including junior Katie Kelly.
"Katie has been phenomenal in every aspect of the game," said King. "She is such a good all around player, her serving has been fantastic and she is a strong outside hitter. She has also improved her communication and being a leader on the court. She is constantly talking out there, she has not had a bad game yet."
Senior captain Alana Thirsk continues to be a consistent leader for the Beavers, and both hitters are aided by the play of setters Emily Boulter and Jennelle Lebeau. "They have improved so much, they were strong last season but are even better now and it helps out our entire offense," said King. "They know their spot on the court and know where to send the ball, whether it's to the back row, outside middle, they have gotten a lot smarter."
Junior middle hitter Kaleena Kara stood out in Monday's loss to Tri-County and is coming into her own as an offensive threat. "She is finally starting to get aggressive at the net," said King. "She has always been a good hitter, but now she is really hitting with some aggression. She also has a very consistent serve. I love watching her serve, she has been a dancer most of her life and it's so graceful to watch."
King says her team still needs to improve on the first pass, getting the ball from the back row to one of the setters. Even so, Valley Tech figures to be the class of the Colonial again this year. Keefe Tech may provide the greatest challenge in the CAL, and the two teams square off for the first time on October 16 at BVT.




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