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Seniors Put BVT Volleyball On Top
Watching the Blackstone Valley Tech Girls volleyball team through the first seven matches of the season might have felt a bit redundant. It's redundant, however, in the same way as making a birdie on seven straight golf holes or scoring a touchdown on seven straight drives in football might be. The Beavers rolled to a 7-0 start with seven straight 3-0 wins – 21 sets, 21 victories.
The streak came to an end with a loss to Millbury last week, but BVT got right back to its winning ways by beating Assabet the next night...in a shutout, of course. "We have been rolling along, but it was tough to have our first loss of the season," head coach Barbara King said. "I liked that we were able to bounce back."
At times, her squad may seem more like a machine than a team. "There are times when it's nice to sit back during the matches and watch the girls play," she said. "They take care of things when they are on the court and I have had great leadership from my six seniors. I expected this kind of leadership from them. This group has been playing together for a few years and came up through the ranks together and now they are taking care of business."
Senior Kaleena Kara leads the team with 75 kills on the season and fellow senior Katie Kelly is right behind her with 74. Both players have converted on more than 70 percent of their attack attempts. The pair is also among the team leaders in aces. Kara has 48, Kelly 45, and senior setter Jill Karakeian has 48 of her own. The setter also has 129 assists and has been in double digits in that category in all but one match so far this season.
"Whether it's serving or attacking, all the seniors are playing well together," King said. "Katie and Kaleena get the big hits but without the others passing and digging, it wouldn't work out nearly as well."
Sam Chamberlain and Francesca Niro have been consistent servers for the Beavers, and Lauren Bernard has been a fixture in the BVT lineup. "Frannie [Niro] busts her butt out there. She works so hard and she doesn't always get the big hits or stats but she runs everything down, she has been huge for us," King said. "Lauren does a great job setting when the setter gets the first hit. She is on the right side and we don't back set that way often, but she does get that second hit a lot."
King was also quick to praise the play of junior Olivia Bianco, who has 82 assists in her first season setting at the varsity level.
Through the wins, King says her team is at its best when it plays loose. "They play well when they are enjoying themselves on the court," she said. "When they get down, you can tell, things will start to go wrong. That's when I need to call a timeout and get them back in the right headspace."
King is hopeful that mentality will help keep them atop the Colonial Athletic League. The Beavers 6-0 league mark has them a game ahead of 5-1 Worcester Tech.
"We feel we are in a strong place with our program because of some of the camps we do to get the girls playing at a young age," she said. "They are able to play together for awhile before they get to the varsity level. That's what we have this year, six seniors who love volleyball and love playing together."




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