WETHERSFIELD - It was a match that played out like many others this season for the New Britain boys volleyball team. Start slow before playing a competitive third set.
But head coach Michelle Abraham and her players continue to take the positives out of every match. They did the same following the 3-0 loss to Wethersfield Monday night that saw the Hurricanes drop the first two sets 25-13 before losing the final game 25-21.
“I think the serving was been the best it’s been all season,” Abraham said of her team’s effort in the third set. “Our passes were better and our front row was smarter. Wethersfield is good. They were defending everything. [We] made it more challenging for Wethersfield to pass the ball. We were trying to go around them [for points].”
Randy Slart had one of his best games of the season, according to Abraham. He was perfect on the service line, going 6-for-6 with two service points, three blocks and two kills.
Angel Gonzalez (5 kills, 3 service points), Giovany Hernandez (8 digs, 4 assists) and Malakhia Torres (6 digs) also played well for New Britain (1-15) in the loss.
The Hurricanes will now close out their first season with matches against East Hartford on Wednesday, Enfield on Friday and Simsbury on Monday. And Abraham knows her players will be ready to play regardless of what happens.
“These kids don’t quit,” the head coach said. “They always play hard.”
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