MIDDLETOWN >> Bristol Eastern’s girls volleyball team came to Middletown with the reputation of having the best team in the Central Connecticut Conference South. The Lancers did nothing to call that assessment into question Wednesday, dispatching the Blue Dragons, 3-0, before a crowd of 125 at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium.
Eastern won the three games by the scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25 -17.
“I thought we played well,” said Eastern coach Stacy Rivoira. “We did a better job of passing than we did in our last two games (a loss to inter-division foe Farmington and a win over city rival Bristol Central). Our defense broke down a bit against those teams and we worked to improve that.”
From Middletown’s perspective, this was not a lost day. In fact, Blue Dragons coach Kelvin Jones was upbeat.
“We made a lot of mistakes, but I thought that overall we played well,” said Jones. “We’re trying to improve on things, but it seems that when we fix one mistake, one or two others pop up. But I thought the girls fought hard tonight.”
Middletown (2-7) fell behind 9-1 in the first game, but got off the deck to close to with seven points at 17-10, before losing by 10.
In the second game, Middletown was even at 5-5 before falling behind by five. But again the Blue Dragons closed the gap to 14-10 before running out of gas as Eastern closed with an 11-3 run.
The third game was more of the same. After falling behind early, the Blue Dragons hung around and closed to 21-16 before the Lancers put the game away.
“Eastern is a top notch team, the best in our league,” said Jones. “But I think it’s fair to say we were competitive with them. We showed a lot of fight and while we are improved, no question about that, we still have a lot of work to do.”
Middletown was led by Brielle Coleman, who had two aces, three kills and three blocks. Jessie Trageser chipped in with eight assists.
Eastern’s sweep win was reflected in the team’s statistics.
Jenna Rodjenski had 11 kills and six digs, Cheyenne Orsi had 10 kills and Brianna Root had 30 assists as Bristol Eastern improved to 9-1.
“We had much better communication on our back line today,” said Rivoira. “We served much better than we have been lately.”
Middletown plays at Conard in West Hartford on Friday at 5 p.m.