EAST GREENWICH--The Division I girls volleyball playoffs may not officially start until next week but, Tuesday night in East Greenwich, the postseason atmosphere was very much alive and kicking as the Avengers battled Chariho for the sixth and final playoff seed in D-I.
And, thanks to a solid serving game and an improved offensive attack, the Avs ensured they, too, would stay alive long enough to see next week.
The Chargers? Well, there's always next year.
East Greenwich's Lauren Duvall and Rachel Basso combined for 15 kills and Avenger freshman Phoebe Wong laid out 14 assists as the Avs held off a game and feisty Charger team for a crucial 25-12, 19-25, 25-20, 25-12 win.
With the victory, EG won the battle of 3-9 teams and leapt over Chariho for the No. 6 seed and, barring a major upset by the Chargers tonight over top-seeded and unbeaten Coventry--not to mention an EG loss to Westerly and a complicated series of unlikely tiebreak scenerios that somehow snuck the Chargers back into the sixth seed--the Avs will travel to play the Oakers next Wednesday or Thursday in the playoff opener for both schools.
"They've gotten a lot better since the first time we played them when I felt we were a little bit more evenly matched up," Chariho coach Douglas Bliven said of the Avengers. "You can tell that they're setting up plays, trying to create blocking mismatches, running sets and things like that but, at the same time, I felt that in the second game, we took control of the set. The third game, I think I can count about six plays that I would definitely want back."
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