WARWICK – It was a good start to the season for the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team when they opened up their 2013 schedule on Tuesday night. The team went on the road for their opener and thoroughly dismantled the Warwick Vets Hurricanes in a three-game sweep; 25-10, 25-15, 25-11.
“Not a bad start at all,” said East Greenwich coach Terri Garno. “They were definitely showing things that I wanted to see tonight. Fast serving, my middles were running pretty aggressively and we also got to spread the ball around a little bit, too, so I got to see my left side and my right side. It was nice.”
The route started with the first point as the Avengers came out hot, taking over the serve on the first point of the first game and then running off eight straight before the Hurricanes even got on the board.
With runs of eight, five and four points, East Greenwich opened up a 19-3 lead in game one before Vets was able to finally gain a little traction late, capitalizing on some Avenger mistakes. They clawed back to make it 22-10 before a three-point EG run put the game away.
The Hurricanes continued to show signs of life early in game two as a number of East Greenwich errors allowed them to hang in the contest. With the score tied 8-8, Garno called a timeout to help settle her squad.
“It looked a little bit like the kids got in their head’s,” Garno said. “That’s why I called a timeout when it was 8-8, kind of get their heads back on, and I think from that point on they sort of picked it up.
“That was just a mental error. That was more of an experience thing. We’ll learn from that and work on that type of thing in practice.”
The Avengers seemed to get the message right away, not needing to wait until Wednesday’s practice to reclaim their mental edge. Coming out of the timeout, East went on a six-point run to gain the upper hand at 14-8. Vets was able to stem the bleeding and claw back to within three, but at 17-14 East Greenwich won eight of the next nine points to secure game two at 25-15.
Game three started slowly again, as the teams traded blows through the first four combined points, but it did not take as long for the Avengers to take off this time as they went to close out the match. At 2-2, East Greenwich won 10 of the next 12 to put the stranglehold back on Vets. The Hurricanes tried to rally, closing the gap to 16-10, but the Avengers scored nine of the final 10 points to take the third game 25-11 and sweep their season opener.
By and large, the Avengers left little to scoff at with their dominance over the Hurricanes. It was not a flawless night, however, leaving plenty for the Avengers to work on as they continue to prefect their game early in the season.
“I like what they were doing tonight, but I know that they can do better,” Garno said. “I like when I can run a fast offense off the serve and not have to wait for the free ball and we were able to do that a little bit tonight.
“I would like to see my kids talk a lot more. I think these kids have played with each other and they’re starting to rely on the fact that they just know one another. I still want to hear more communication on their part. I also want to see my offense light up a little bit more. I’m calling their offense, but I want to see multiple kids running it at a time, so we still have to work on plays and some things like that. …We’re going to look to build. Hopefully, the same thing Friday, we’re serving strong, receiving strong and I’m able to move my offense around my middles.”
East has one more contest left in the opening week of their season, getting two nights off following the win over Vets before hosting Pilgrim High School at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night in their 2013 home opener.