For the past 14 years, Stacy Rivoira has been coaching the Girls Volleyball team at Bristol Eastern High School. A former Lancer star herself, Stacy has been coaching for a total 23 years overall and after 14 years of coaching the Lady Lancers she will be retiring. Rivoira has been able to coach her daughter, Aliana and has enjoyed a front row seat to see her grow and be successful on the volleyball court for the past four years. Now that Aliana’s career has wrapped up, Stacy plans to spend time watching her son, Carson grow on the soccer field. Rivoira admits she is sad to leave behind a large pool of young talent that she believes has a bright future and says, “I feel like the program has really set the bar pretty high for these girls that are coming in. They know what to expect.”
In 1987, Stacy was a state champion and won a state title in volleyball as a player in 1987. As a coach at Bristol Eastern High School, she helped the Lady Lancers win two state championships (2012, 2006), a runner-up finish in 2007 and 13 conference championships.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Aliana Rivoira, was named the 2018 Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. As a Senior captain, three-year varsity starter, she had 761 assists in her senior year and was the only player in the state to average over nine assists per set (9.8). Along with these accomplishments, she had a state-leading 139 aces this past season, along with 197 digs and 62 kills. Over her career at Bristol Eastern High School, she had 1,771 assists, 269 aces, 418 digs, and 253 kills.
Aliana says on having her mom be her coach and her success on the volleyball court, “We both like to work hard and we both like to win.”
In addition to playing volleyball for BEHS, Aliana was also a pitcher and outfielder for the softball team as a freshman and sophomore, played club volleyball with CVTA, Husky, Velocity, and Crush teams. She also danced and swam competitively when she was younger. Her academic accomplishment while at BEHS include being a National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society member as well as being in the top five percent of her class this year.
Aliana will be graduating in June and says she will most likely play club volleyball in college. She has narrowed her choices to Providence College and Penn State.