By Sarah Russell
CHESHIRE, Sept. 27 -- Cheshire High School coach Sue Bavone knew her team's volleyball match against Foran would be a tough one, but her team proved it was ready to stay undefeated this season. But, for only the second time this season, the Rams needed to play four sets to get their eighth win.
The Cheshire Rams are 8-0, defeating the 8-2 Foran Lions.
The Rams took the first two sets, 25-15 and 25-19. The Lions came back in the third set, though, 25-18. In the fourth set, Cheshire sealed its victory, 25-11.
“In the first two games I thought we served tough,” said Bavone. “I thought we really stressed their passers and served a little bit tougher than normal.”
Foran coach Julie Johnson agreed.
“They had really tough servers who keep the ball inbounds, you know, not a lot of serving errors. It really kind of messed up our offense,” said Johnson. “We had a hard time getting offense because we just could not get a good pass because their serves were so tough.”
The Rams had the numbers to prove it. Sophomore Lindsey Abramson had four aces on the night, followed by juniors Megan Clyne with three and Elena Piran, who had two aces.
Piran led the team with 11 kills and Abramson had nine.
Clyne added nine kills, two blocks, two assists and two digs.
“We just came into this game pumped, we wanted to win,” Clyne said. “We knew this team was good and we had similar records, so we were like, ‘Well, we’ve got to take this one here. We’ve got to fight through.’ Our passes were on point, I felt like, and (we) had good ups and the sets were there.”
In the third set, the Lions took a lead of 12-8. The Lions did it again later in the set -- this time a seven-point scoring run to bring the score to 24-18.
Bavone didn’t let her team give up after the third set, though.
“I just said they need to get back on a rhythm, they need to treat this as a threat, which it is. I said the momentum now is on their side, we need to get the momentum back and you do that by pressuring them,” said Bavone.
“It’s all in the head, it’s all mental game stuff, so I mean we had to pick ourselves back up,” said Clyne. “We know how to play volleyball, we’ve been doing it for years.”
Cheshire used the momentum to create havoc and Foran struggled with communication, often running into each other or several players diving for the same ball. The mayhem cost the team points and Cheshire used a run of five points to clinch the final set.
The Rams face East Lyme at 6 p.m., Friday.
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Dana Jensen/The Day (2003)