PROVIDENCE — On Tuesday evening, June 11, the East Providence High School boys’ volleyball team lost to South Kingstown, 3-0, in the Division I state championship tournament semifinals at the Providence Career and Tech Center Field House.
The first set was very close seeing the Townies and Rebels battle it out. The Rebels, however, were able to get the 14-13 lead and never looked back, eventually winning the first set by a 25-19 score. The second set saw the Townies get behind early and never seem to recover losing the second set 25-14 and were down two games to none in the game.
It came down to the third set. Unfortunately, the townies were never able to get the lead in the third set and lost by a 25-18 score and were eliminated out of the playoffs. For the Rebels Casci had 15 kills, Delaney had 12 kills. First-year player and senior Dylan Oakley had 16 kills, while sophomore Jack Vaccaro had 32 assists.
EPHS head coach Keith Martinous thought his team didn’t really pass the ball well. He thought some late-season injuries really hurt his team and they just didn’t have an answer for South Kingstown.
“Tonight we struggled a bit and couldn’t really pass the ball. We were down a couple guys with injuries so our chemistry on the floor wasn’t where it usually is. South Kingston is a good team they hit and pass the ball well and we just didn’t have an answer for them tonight,” said Coach Martionous.
Coach Martinous also thinks that not having senior Jacob Bedford in the lineup tonight due to emergency surgery was a huge loss.
“Jacob Bedford is a tough guy to replace. He’s one of the team leaders in passing and he’s our biggest offensive weapon, and to not have him on the floor is a big issue. It obviously showed tonight,” the coach said.
Despite the loss in the semifinal Coach Martinous still feels his team had a great season this spring, in which East Providence won its division in the regular season for the first time since 2001.
“I thought overall we had a great season, we started off 5-1 and we had a little slide in the middle but went on an eight game winning streak to end the season, winning the division which we haven’t done since 2001 so I thought that was pretty great. Unfortunately, at the time we needed it most we were the most unhealthy,” Coach Martinous said.
For the Townies, who finished first in the I-North standings, saw their year come to an end with a 13-5 overall record.
South Kingstown, the defending state champs, advanced to face Coventry, 3-1 winners over Mount St. Charles in its semi, for the title. Coventry won the championship with a 3-1 win over the Rebels on June 13. The Knotty Oakers, winners of the I-South regular season crown, finished with a perfect 19-0 record.