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.
âWe look pretty good,â Bliven says. âPeople talk about how we lost some players from last year and they were good players but I think over the past couple years weâve been able to develop the team to the point where thereâs someone behind them to take their spots.â
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 Fordhamâs 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 seasonâs 4-8 finish.
The schedule makers certainly didnât do the Narragansett football team any favors this season.
Last fall the Mariners didnât 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.
âWeâre going to have to definitely play well in the beginning because those games in late October and November, they could be tough,â Narragansett coach Dick Fossa says. âYou donât want to be in must-win games against Middletown, Mount Pleasant, Classical and East Greenwich.â
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.