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September 13th, 2013
WOOD RIVER JCT.â€”Good luck to the six girls volleyball teams stuck competing in Division I-South this season because theyâ€™re going to need it.
As expected, Coventry appears to again be the team to beat after getting off to a hot start with two straight three-set victories over South and North Kingstown, but the Oakers donâ€™t look like the same team that flat out blew everyone out of the water at seasonâ€™s end last fall.
Prout looks to have taken a step back but is still very competitive, Chariho will once again be tough and NK and SK have greatly improved from last season.
KINGSTONâ€”Generally speaking, thereâ€™s never much to feel good about after suffering a 24-0 loss.
Good wasnâ€™t the word University of Rhode Island football coach Joe Trainer used to describe how he felt after his Ramsâ€™ loss to Stony Brook Saturday by that score, but the fifth-year URI coach did seem optimistic after watching his team play.
â€śThat was a difficult loss against a very good football team,â€ť Trainer said. â€śThey beat our champion last year pretty good, they kicked their butts in the first round of the playoffs [in] Villanova and we knew we were going to have our hands full.
CRANSTON â€“ It was a good start to the season for the Narragansett girls soccer team when they opened their 2013 schedule Friday at Cranston Stadium with a 5-3 win over Cranston East.
In the end, however, it may have been the lesson learned throughout the course of those 80 minutes, more so than victory, that proves to be the best building block for the Mariners to start on.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”Aside from maybe Moses Brown, youâ€™d be hard pressed to find a tougher opponent to play in your Division I-South opener than the East Greenwich field hockey team.
The Avengers graduated just five seniors from last seasonâ€™s D-I semifinalist squad and brought back two and three-year starters throughout the field.
That was the task charged to South Kingstown â€“ a team still finding its way in its second year in D-I â€“ Wednesday afternoon and the Rebels struggled against the more seasoned Avs in a 9-0 loss.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ So far, so good for the Narragansett girls tennis team.
There may not have been much for the Mariners to have gained or learned as they took on an inferior Lincoln team in their season opening match on Wednesday at Sprague Park, but the season still got itself off on the right foot as Narragansett did not drop a set en route to the 7-0 sweep of the Lions.
â€śItâ€™s always good to get the first match going,â€ť said Narragansett coach Peter Barlow. â€śProbably taking the long view, itâ€™s better to have an easier one than a tough one. I always tell the girls, good first win.
WAKEFIELD â€“ The South Kingstown girls soccer team got its 2013 season started in the right way Wednesday night, taking on Cranston West in its season opener at Curtis Corner Middle School.
The Rebels started off slow, but picked up their game in the second half and came away with a 3-1 win.
â€śItâ€™s nice to get a win. Itâ€™s always nice to get a win,â€ť said South Kingstown coach Toby Gibbons. â€śHappy for the girls, we really played some good soccer in the second half. Took us a half to get comfortable, but that happens early in the season.â€ť
WARWICKâ€”As it is for most teams this time of year, the Narragansett girls volleyball team is still shaking off the rust.
The Mariners â€“ who are among a handful of preseason favorites to be contenders in Division II this season â€“ kicked off their fall with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 victory over a less talented Pilgrim squad Tuesday.
â€śWe did get a little relaxed when we got a lead but I loved it,â€ť Narragansett coach Abby Hummel said. â€śI loved their effort, I thought they played well next to players and I liked how theyâ€™re looking.â€ť