SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Most girls volleyball coaches cringe at the thought of playing a fifth game.
For South Kingstown’s Jackie Fagan, it’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 team’s third five-game win in as many tries this season.
“Every time this season we’ve gotten to that fifth game, I feel like good, we’re going to win,” Fagan said. “As long as we don’t lose it in the fourth game, because we just jump out and don’t make mistakes.”
“I don’t get worried. I’m very confident in my team,” said SK’s Anisah McGillivray, one of eight Rebel seniors who played their final home match Monday. “We know we can win and we can do it if we put our minds to it.”
The Rebels minds certainly weren’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 Monday’s match.
The same couldn’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 NK’s 25-22 win, which turned out to be exactly what the Rebels needed.
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