East Providence wins girls' volleyball Junior Varsity state championship

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NORTH KINGSTOWN — The East Providence High School Junior Varsity girls' volleyball team completed an undefeated season by not losing a set all afternoon Saturday, Nov. 3, en route to the state championship.

The top-seeded Townies rolled through pool play of the tourney unbeaten at 6-0 then defeated North Kingstown in the semifinals and Coventry, 2-0, for the title. The win over the Knotty Oakers in the final avenged a loss to Coventry in last year's championship match.

Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Casey Traverse was chosen as the tournament MVP while Cassia Spivey and Marina Ramos were named to the All-Tournament team.

Of note as well, the sophomore class of Townies has a 30-0 record over the last two regular seasons. East Providence wrapped up its regular season Thursday, Nov. 1, with a 2-0 victory over Ponaganset to finish with a 16-0 record.

The EPHS JV roster includes Natalie Almeida, Brianna Allienello, Jamielin Forsythe, Skyler Hughes, Kristin Lyons, Hayley Martins, Hanna Maynard, Kendall Medeiros, Sara Perry, Marina Ramos, Jayla Semedo, Cassia Spivey, Katelyn Tewksbury, Casey Traverse and Corrie Traverse. Mike Solitro is the head coach.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for these girls who have worked extremely hard day in and day out to achieve the goal that they set for themselves at the beginning of the season," Coach Solitro said.

Varsity playoffs

The EPHS Varsity also completed its regular season slate against Ponaganset. The Townies defeated the Chieftains by the scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-13. Nicole Strik had 6 aces and Lucianna Medici had 12 digs and 4 aces.

E.P. plays host to North Kingstown Monday night, Nov. 5, in the quarterfinal round of the Division I State Championship Tournament. Match time is 6:30 p.m.

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