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September 5th, 2013
No Skye Hart.
No Sydney Scott.
No Vicky Ferraro but Chariho girls volleyball coach Doug Bliven is saying no problem when it comes to replacing his three graduated star players.
â€śWe look pretty good,â€ť Bliven says. â€śPeople talk about how we lost some players from last year and they were good players but I think over the past couple years weâ€™ve been able to develop the team to the point where thereâ€™s someone behind them to take their spots.â€ť
It was a case of new season, same results for the University of Rhode Island football team in its season opener at Fordham University Thursday.
The Rhody Rams managed just two field goals in the first half as Fordham struck early and often en route to 51-26 victory.
The game started well enough for URI Thursday as it forced a punt on Fordhamâ€™s first possession and got excellent field position on its own 41-yard line.
The Rhody Rams proceeded to pick up a first down and march into Fordham terriroty before the drive stalled at the Fordham Ramsâ€™ 43-yard line.
When you graduate five seniors off a two-loss squad â€“ like the Narragansett girls tennis team did last fall â€“ the obvious thought is the biggest hit must have come in singles.
No. 1 Heather Dorich and No. 3 Gabby Smith were certainly solid for the Mariners last season but where graduation hit hardest was in doubles play.
Victoria McGreen, Eliza DeCubellis and Ali Castrovillari each played doubles last fall and were a big reason why the Mariners went 10-2 during the regular season before falling to Classical in the Division II Semifinals.
It was a struggle last fall for the South Kingstown girls tennis team as the Rebels made their return to Division I.
After two successful campaigns in Division II in 2010 and 2011 â€“ where they posted a combined 20-8 regular season record â€“ wins were hard to come by last season as the Rebels finished near the bottom of the standings.
As the team prepares to open their 2013 schedule, while they may face their share of challenges, it is shaping up to be a much-improved Rebels squad this fall.
The start of regular season matches this week could not come soon enough for the Prout girls tennis team.
With a large core of returning players, it is not practice, but actual play, particularly early in the season, that will be pivotal for the Crusders as they look to improve upon last seasonâ€™s 4-8 finish.
The schedule makers certainly didnâ€™t do the Narragansett football team any favors this season.
Last fall the Mariners didnâ€™t clinch a playoff spot until the second-to-last week of the season and if they wait that long this year they may be out of luck.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to definitely play well in the beginning because those games in late October and November, they could be tough,â€ť Narragansett coach Dick Fossa says. â€śYou donâ€™t want to be in must-win games against Middletown, Mount Pleasant, Classical and East Greenwich.â€ť
On paper, it can be said the 2012 season for the South Kingstown football team is one best soon forgotten. Just one season after finishing third in just their second season in Division I, the Rebels dropped to the basement, going 0-8 last fall.
In practice, however, going through such a season can be beneficial for a young athlete as a way to quickly learn nothing in sports is a given and teach the kind of fortitude needed to succeed on the field.
As the Narragansett girls volleyball team can certainly attest, the road to the Division II Championship goes through Exeter-West Greenwich.
The Knights soundly beat the Mariners 25-12, 25-11, 25-10 in the quarterfinals last season en route to their third D-II title in a row and should once again be the team to beat with one the stateâ€™s best hitters in Jennifer Donnelly back this season.
Itâ€™s a new season with a new coach for the Mariners though, and theyâ€™re hoping with the fresh start comes better results.
Where have all the Carla Porrasâ€™ gone?
The days of Jackie Iannucci, Katie Riley, Dolci Wagner and all the players that helped lead the Narragansett girls soccer team to back-to-back Division III Championships have gone and past as only a handful of players remain that had significant roles on those title teams.
Donâ€™t shed a tear for the Mariners though, because they certainly arenâ€™t.
The Prout girls soccer team returned to practice last week, coming into the 2013 season after a reasonably successful 2012.
The Crusaders finished near the top of the standings at 8-5-1, just their third season in Division I, and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Though there were significant losses from the graduation of players like Shannon Mis and Ashley DiClemente, much of the same is to be expected out of Prout this season.