Farmington falls in CCC title bout

PLAINVILLE — The Farmington girls volleyball team finally took a blemish to their perfect season, faltering in four games to defending State Champion Bristol Eastern.

Though the Indians battled back from a 1-0 deficit to take Game 2 in convincing fashion, 25-17, Bristol Eastern, led by Cheyenne Orsi, took command in the final two games 25-15, and 25-12 to win the match 3-1.

“I give a lot of credit to Cheyenne and her team,” Farmington head coach Laura Arena said. “They came in yesterday and beat RHAM. They beat them and they beat us. I don’t think we ever got our momentum going consistently. But I am really proud of our girls, we have had a lot of success and they are going to learn tremendously from this.”

The Indians earned a first round bye and a No. 1 seed thanks to a perfect regular season, and will practice hard leading into Thursday’s Round 2 match in the Class L state tournament.

“We will definitely use it as fuel,” the coach said. “Honestly, the girls will use this, they will use it as a positive thing. Hopefully in two weeks we will be back, maybe against the same team, the series is split and this is great preparation for the state tournament.”

Very early on it seemed like the Indians had the chance to chase down Bristol Eastern. Trailing in the first game 7-1, Farmington opened up a 6-0 run to make it a tight game. The Lancers pulled away again in Game 1, but once again, a 5-0 run got Farmington back into things. Eventually, a 25-19 victory was the reward for Bristol Eastern as it held tough against several Farmington attacks.

Game 2 was all Farmington, as the Indians led wire to wire to equal the match. The momentum seemed to be swinging in Farmington’s favor as Game 3 began.

“Volleyball is just a game of momentum,” Arena said. “We got off to a really slow start in Game 1, in Game 2 we got the momentum early on and we were hitting it better. But it swings.”

Games 3 and 4 went in similar fashion, with the Indians trailing from start to finish. But a lack of offense and unforced errors against one of the best teams in the state can do that to a team.

“They are defending champions,” Arena said of Bristol Eastern. “You are talking about a dead even match, dead even teams. Today we came up a little short. We came up short in all areas. Our offense stopped, we were a little shaky on our serve receive which is somewhat uncharacteristic, our blocking wasn’t as strong as we were hoping.”

Leading the offense for the Indians was Sophie Borg, who had seven kills as well as a bevy of service points.

Another key contributor was Megan Gombatz, who had six kills offensively.

Sydney Stepeck and Linna Jalinskas were other Indians who stepped up in the big game, despite the losing outcome.

Farmington will be in action again Thursday when they host a second round game in Class L, the opponent is yet to be determined.

Photos by Erika Studer

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