After pulling out a tight five-set match against South Boston Wednesday afternoon on the road, the Brighton girls’ volleyball team is one win shy of matching its victory total from last season.
“And we still have 10 more [matches] left,” second-year coach Briea McDaniels said after beating South Boston, 3-2, in the Knights’ shoebox of a gymnasium. “It’s a very encouraging feeling, it shows my girls that they have the potential and ability to beat some of the better teams, and we just did.
“We split with South Boston; they won one game and we won one game, so we’re on our way.“
The Bengals (3-5) got swept in three sets in the first meeting of the season against South Boston. This time, they fell behind early, too, losing the first set, 25-22, before coming back to win the second, 25-12.
“The thing we had to do was communicate between each other and help each other out and together we were able to help each other out and have each other's backs and get the ball over the net,” Brighton senior Reyna Joint said.
“It feels really great. I feel really proud of them. We came together as a team and go for every ball that we could and hit the ball over the net.”
After losing the third set, 25-14, Brighton tied it at two sets apiece by winning the fourth, 25-15.
In the decisive fifth set, Brighton took a 6-2 lead before South Boston cut it to 7-4. South Boston scored the first 2 points after the teams switched sides to cut Brighton’s lead to 8-6 but Brighton went on a 4-0 run to go up, 12-6.
South Boston could muster only 2 more points the rest of the way as Brighton won the fifth set, 15-8.
“We’re getting better, we’re doing what we need to do now,” McDaniels said. “I’m excited for them, I’m excited. I’m very, very happy. “
McDaniels said she’s always known her team had it in them.
“Just believing in them and teaching them to believe in each other and just trust the process,” she said. “It works.”
On Monday, South Boston (3-4) won a five-setter against Charlestown.
“That would have been exciting,” South Boston coach Mary Linehan said of the prospect of winning two five-setters in one week. “That would have been very exciting but I give the kids credit, we didn’t give up."
“They gave us a good fight. They won, so that’s pretty good. We play [Burke] tomorrow and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow. It’s one of those things; a loss, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll be there tomorrow and hopefully we’ll win it in three tomorrow.“
When informed that South Boston won in five sets earlier in the week, McDaniels said it was the first time her team went the distance.
“Now we can do a five-setter, too,” she said.
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