Lack of desire holds back PHS

Plainville’s Laurel Underwood, in front, Emily Duda get ready for the serve from Maloney in last Wednesday’s home game. The Blue Devils lost.

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
Last week, the Plainville volleyball team dropped two matches.
It started with a sweep by Maloney (25-12, 25-10, 25-21) while fighting gamely against Middletown but the Blue Devils dropped the match 3-1.
The games scores were 25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 25-18.
“We lost another two games, the downward spiral continues,” said Plainville coach Bill Compson. “We are still mathematically in the playoff hunt but it is the most uphill of battles. (A) lack of determination and desire is a major part of our failure.”
“The Blue Devils were once again competitive against the Blue Dragons and tied up the match 1-1 but dropped a tough two-point set in the third challenge.
“Against Middletown we showed flashes of the team I had hoped we would be,” said Compson. “We were getting various hitters involved in the offense and they were putting balls away. But at other times we gave away too many points. Our veteran passing was very bad and I probably stayed with a few passers longer than I should have.”
“I think I have more faith in them then they sometimes have in themselves.”
Just like in the previous game against Middletown, the Blue Dragons showed plenty of inconsistency.
But so did Plainville and after trailing 2-1, the Blue Devils were not able to get into the thick of things.
“I thought they would recover and the errors would be reduced,” said Compson. “Perhaps we are not as mature as I thought…We don’t shake off our mistakes.”
However, Compson was pleased with the “new blood” helped out Plainville and getting different contributions from multiple players has given Compson some hope for the future.
“Michele Thibedeau gave us some nice minutes off the bench, she really had her best stretch for us in the final set,” said Compson. “She kept her feet moving around the floor and got a number of digs for us in a short time.”
Plainville challenged Middletown in a five-set match about a month ago in Middletown and Compson was expecting his charges would pick up a victory.
But it just didn’t happen as the Blue Dragons picked up a season series sweep in the victory.
“I thought this was a game we could win but I was wrong,” said Compson. “We just did not show up with the right intensity and gave away a set we were leading in. The Dragons just stayed strong and waited for our mistake and then took advantage of them. This is the first time we have dropped two to Middletown since I took over the program.”
“We have defeated only Bulkeley as we continue through the second side of the season.”
On the positive side, The “Dig Pink” event this past Friday proved to be a big success.
“We had a very good ‘Dig Pink’ game for the Side Out Foundation last Friday,” said Compson. “All totaled, we raised about $750 dollars, $250 short of our goal but we have some more chances to meet it. Some of the girls are going to work the crowd at the homecoming football game next week. And people can still contribute on line at our web site.”
On that same website, you can also see pictures of the event and the Plainville team.
The Blue Dragons also raised some funds as well for the cause.
“Middletown raised $275 of those funds and presented a check to us for the Foundation,” said Compson. “A bake sale raised about $60 and parents and kids baked up some goodies that sold well and those that stuffed money into the donation JUG ran us up to $220.”
“The 50/50 raffle got a boost when the winner donated their part to the cause, putting another
$200 dollars into the effort.”
This past week, Plainville faced Bristol Eastern on the road, Platt at home on Wednesday and visited New Britain on Thursday.
“So unsuccessful on the court, again, successful off the court, again,” summed up Compson about the past week.
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