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East Boston girls' volleyball team sweeps Boston International

Posted by Justin Rice  October 2, 2013 06:19 PM

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East Boston sophomore Ava Salvi bumps the ball in a 3-0 win against Boston International. (Justin A. Rice / For the Boston Globe).

The East Boston girls’ volleyball team swept away Boston International at South Boston High Wednesday afternoon.

“Their serving was really good today and their defense,” East Boston coach Vanessa Bigby said after her team won, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-21).

She also said her 5-2 squad set the ball well.

"Hitting it three times instead of just whacking it over,” she said.

Boston International had a solid team last year but was depleted this year when a handful of players left to join the school’s newly formed girls’ soccer team.

New coach Nylton Andrade took over Boston International (0-5) about three weeks ago when Modesto Gomez had to give up coaching for family reasons.

“We had to recruit most of the girls on the team,” Andrade said. “Most of the girls on the team had never played volleyball before. They just wanted to try something new and they have a good spirit.

“The girls are building on their skills. They were running away from the ball the first couple of games and in a week's time I saw a lot of improvement.

"I think the girls are having fun now. They are actually starting to play like a team, communicating out there. I’m happy. So far so good.”

East Boston, which qualified for the city tournament three years ago, still needs to play both Latin Academy and Madison Park this season and would likely have to pick up a win in one of those matches to make the tournament.

“So hopefully we’ll win those two and I think we’ll be OK," said Bigby. "I’m proud of my girls as always. They always do a good job. They always come fired up.”

East Boston senior cocaptain Clarita Prudencio was encouraged by her squad’s teamwork.

“From the players that were sitting to the players that were starting, they were all cheering us on,” she said. “That was our motivation to win."

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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