Archive - 2010 - Sports Article
The Prout girls volleyball team captured its second consecutive Division I championship, and sixth title overall in the last six years, with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 sweep of Coventry Saturday afternoon at URI.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Narragansett Times.
WAKEFIELDâ€”When the Coventry girls volleyball team walked off the Prout High School gymnasium floor as victims of an eye-opening 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Crusaders last month, Oakers coach Leo Bush knew that one moment would define his team for the rest of the season.
â€śThey served us off the court,â€ť Bush said.
It was a rare moment of weakness for the Oakers, who hadnâ€™t lost a game prior to that one â€¦ and havenâ€™t lost one since. It was a moment in which Bush knew his girls would learn a lot about themselves.
By ERIC RUEB
WEST GREENWICH â€“ Even as the No. 1 seed in the Division III girls soccer playoffs, Exeter-West Greenwich coach Kevin Fraser was worried.
Thanks to Mondayâ€™s storm that postponed the first round to Tuesday, Knights hadnâ€™t played in 10 days and even in those final two games â€“ a tie with Pilgrim on Oct. 28 and a win over Westerly on Oct. 29 â€“ the team didnâ€™t have its best showing.
After being pushed back a day thanks to rainouts earlier in the week, four local girls soccer teams will play with a berth to the finals on the line today.
In Division I, South Kingstown plays East Greenwich at East Greenwich High School at 6 p.m. EGHS was chosen as the site for the semifinals before the season started.
In Division II, Exeter-West Greenwich plays Ponaganset at Cranston Stadium at 6 p.m.
In Division III, Narragansett plays Burrillville at 4 p.m. at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown.
Four area teams played in playoff games Wednesday, and things didn't go great for three of them.
In boys soccer, South Kingstown did all it could to try and stop undefeated Barrington, but the Rebels fell in a tough game, 2-1. In the nightcap, North Kingstown played No. 2-seed Shea and lost, 3-0.
In girls volleyball, two local teams met in the Division II semifinal.
While neither team played especially well, Exeter-West Greenwich's powerful serving and play at the net allowed the Knights to top West Warwick, 27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, advancing to their first title game since 1999.
By PAUL J. SPETRINI
KINGSTONâ€”The Coventry girls volleyball team was forced to sit and wait in the stands at URIâ€™s Keaney Gymnasium for well over an hour Tuesday night as Prout and Mount St. Charles battled back and forth in an epic, five-game showdown that the Crusaders ultimately won 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-11, 19-17 to earn a spot in the Division I Finals.
Itâ€™s safe to say the Oakers didnâ€™t mind, however, as what happened when they finally hit the floor was a moment eight years in the making.
Three games highlight Wednesday's playoff games.
The South Kingstown and North Kingstown boys soccer teams both play for a chance to reach the state final tonight.
The Rebels will play No. 1-seeded Barrington at Cranston Stadium at 6 p.m. while the Skippers play Shea immediately after.
In girls volleyball, West Warwick plays Exeter-West Greenwich. The Wizards are trying to reach their first final since 2008, while the Knights are looking for their first finals appearance since winning the Division II title in 1999.
Tuesday was packed with playoff action for a slew of local teams.
In volleyball, the Prout and Coventry girls volleyball teams advanced to Saturday's Division I final. The Crusaders earned a chance to defend their state title after a dramatic 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-11, 19-17 win over Mount St. Charles. Coventry didn't need as much time, ending North Kingstown's season with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-15 win.
Prout and Coventry meet in the Division I finals Saturday at 1 p.m. at URI's Keaney Gymnasium.
The Prout girls volleyball team is heading back to the Division I State Championship game but it sure wasn't easy.
Despite being down a game twice and, on despite being down to match point five times, the Crusaders found a way to win the points that mattered, holding off Mount St. Charles 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-11, 19-17 to advance to Saturday's D-I title game against either Coventry or North Kingstown (check back on this site later for an update on that game).
For more on Tuesday's Crusader victory, and a preview of the state title game, pick up a copy of Friday's Narragansett Times.
Team Points Last week
1. Hendricken (11) 220 1
2. Portsmouth 186 3
3. East Providence 182 t-4
4. Barrington 170 2
5. La Salle 162 t-4
6. Tolman 144 7
7. Woonsocket 141 6
8. Rogers 131 8
t-9. Cranston West 95 9
t-9. Ex.-West Greenwich 95 11
11. Central 93 17
12. St. Raphael 82 13