Not only was the Tiverton High School girl’s volleyball team playing for the win on Friday night against Burrillville High School but they were also playing to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. With Tiverton’s gym filled with pink and their players and fans all dressed in pink, the girl’s volleyball team would take down Burrillville by a score of 3-1.
“It’s just a great way to come together,” said Tiverton head coach Kerri Russo. “We wanted to give back to the community a little bit.”
The Tigers came out strong in the first two sets of the game winning them by the scores of 25-18 and 25-12. Burrillville seemed overwhelmed by the speed and placement of the Tiverton serves and that would be the main reason the Tigers had the edge after the first two sets.
Tiverton seemed to have complete control of the game but then in the third set they began to struggle, seeming to over-hit many of the balls. Even after a timeout called by Russo, they struggled to get any momentum offensively and would lose the set 25-15.
“Maybe their heads got a little too big after the first two, maybe it was a little too easy for them,” Russo said. “I had to just keep reminding them that they could do it and to have confidence and believe in themselves.”
Tiverton regrouped after a tough third set and battled in a close fourth set. The two teams traded points throughout the set until Tiverton ultimately pulled away and won the set 25-23. Russo was pleased with her team’s effort throughout the game and feels that they have been playing much better the past couple games.
“They stayed a lot more positive then they have been,” she said. “They were a lot louder and communicating better.”
Tiverton finished the game with 26 aces that really helped them control the momentum throughout the match. Also standing out for the Tigers was senior captain Samantha Santo who set up her teammates all night and ended the game with 15 assists. The win brings the Tigers to 7-8 and puts them at sixth in the division. With only a few more weeks left in the season, every game is critical for the team.
Tiverton’s next game is Wednesday Oct. 23 against Tolman High School. The game will be played at Tiverton High School.