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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Most girls volleyball coaches cringe at the thought of playing a fifth game.
For South Kingstownâ€™s Jackie Fagan, itâ€™s a chance to sit back and relax.
After an up-and-down match where the Rebels looked like a championship contender for two games, pretenders in the other two, SK dominated the fifth and deciding game to finish off a 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 15-6 win over North Kingstown on Senior Night, the teamâ€™s third five-game win in as many tries this season.
â€śEvery time this season weâ€™ve gotten to that fifth game, I feel like good, weâ€™re going to win,â€ť Fagan said. â€śAs long as we donâ€™t lose it in the fourth game, because we just jump out and donâ€™t make mistakes.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t get worried. Iâ€™m very confident in my team,â€ť said SKâ€™s Anisah McGillivray, one of eight Rebel seniors who played their final home match Monday. â€śWe know we can win and we can do it if we put our minds to it.â€ť
The Rebels minds certainly werenâ€™t in it all night.
Between it being Senior Night, which brought the usually loud Rebel crowd to a level rarely seen at any Rhode Island high school sporting event, and playing the rival Skippers, South seemed out of sorts at the start of Mondayâ€™s match.
The same couldnâ€™t be said for the Skippers, who were more than happy to take advantage of the sloppy SK passing as middle hitter Moira Crocker set the tone in NKâ€™s 25-22 win, which turned out to be exactly what the Rebels needed.
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