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By PAUL J. SPETRINI
KINGSTONâ€”The Coventry girls volleyball team was forced to sit and wait in the stands at URIâ€™s Keaney Gymnasium for well over an hour Tuesday night as Prout and Mount St. Charles battled back and forth in an epic, five-game showdown that the Crusaders ultimately won 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-11, 19-17 to earn a spot in the Division I Finals.
Itâ€™s safe to say the Oakers didnâ€™t mind, however, as what happened when they finally hit the floor was a moment eight years in the making.
Coventry senior Courtney DiBiasio had a team-high 11 kills, teammate Hannah Cole added 17 assists and the Oakers wasted little time in taking care of North Kingstown 25-23, 25-18, 25-15 to advance to their first state title game since the 2002 season.
â€śThis is what we set out for at the beginning of the year,â€ť Coventry coach Leo Bush said afterward. â€śTo be one of the two teams playing in the last game. And North Kingstown is a great team and they put up a great fight and theyâ€™ve got a great group over there and their coaches did a great job getting them ready for this season. Weâ€™re fortunate to be one of the last two teams out there.â€ť
For more on this game, and a special story on the Skippers' season as a whole, pick up a copy of next week's Standard Times newspaper.