WOOD RIVER, JCT. — It was a signature victory Tuesday for the Chariho High boys’ volleyball team.
The Chargers not only beat Mount St. Charles, Division I-North’s first-place team coming into the match, they swept the previously undefeated Mounties, 3-0, winning by scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-22. The win was Chariho’s third straight and improved the Chargers’ record to 5-3, 4-3 Division I-South.
“We’ve been coming together as a team, but this is the first time since probably 2010 that we’ve beaten a team considerably above our level in the standings,” Chariho coach Doug Bliven said. “We showed solid serving and returned serves well.”
Zach Wilcox served two aces and contributed 14 digs, a team-high three blocks and shared a team-high total of five digs with Brandon Eaton. Ben NeJame led Chariho with 15 digs. Alec Fowler had 10 digs, two kills and one block, and Adam Bemis added four digs, three kills and one block. Setter Stephen Phillip notched 26 assists and added four digs.
“What I like about this team is that although we’ve had people missing for games for various reasons, we’ve showed enough versatility to not miss a beat,” Bliven said. “When we don’t have our starting lineup, we’ve inserted four or five different lineups and have still played well together.”
Mount St. Charles fell to 4-1, 4-1 Division I-North. Chariho plays 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Hendricken.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High’s field turned into a launching pad Tuesday in the Chargers’ Division I win against Woonsocket.
Alexis Marsella and Emily Hollister each hit homers over the 215-foot fence to help the Chargers improve to 3-4, 3-3 Division I.
It was the first career home runs for both seniors. Marsella’s three-run shot carried over the center field fence. Hollister’s solo blast was to left.
“It’s a pretty good poke to get it out of here,” Chariho coach Dave Petrocelli said. “They are known as line-drive base hitters, so everyone was surprised at the power display.”
The Chargers scored four runs in the third inning courtesy of the homers to erase a 4-2 deficit and send Woonsocket reeling to 0-6, 0-6 Division I. Winning pitcher Kailee Morgan allowed just one hit and struck out seven in five innings to get the win. India O’Neil fired two scoreless innings to register the save.
Marsella had two hits and three RBIs. Hollister and Megan Rousseau also collected two hits each. Lexi Desjardins hit a pinch-hit, three-run double in a four-run sixth to stretch the lead for Chariho.
The Chargers play at Warwick Vets Thursday at noon.
One relay scores
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The distance medley relay team was the only scoring event for the Chargers at the Injury Fund Relays Tuesday.
Isabel Baker, Kerry Wallbillich, Delaney Silvestri and Natale Keefe combined for a sixth-place finish with a time of 14 minutes, 4.9 seconds.
Chariho competes against East Greenwich and at Exeter-West Greenwich Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High lost just eight games on its way to the shutout victory in the Division II crossover match Tuesday morning against the winless Villa Novans.
No. 1 Will Masse was a 6-1, 6-4 winner in singles play in the most competitive match of the day. No. 2 Nick Wollenberg and No. 4 Joe Westberg won 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 Jason Darmanin was a 6-2, 6-0 victor.
The No. 1 doubles team of Nick Lecours and Chandler Scott prevailed 6-0, 6-0. Riley Masse and Chris Alexander earned a 6-1, 6-0 win. The No. 3 team of Orion Ford and Connor Engel won by default.
Chariho is now 6-1, 6-1 Division II-Suburban A. Woonsocket dropped to 0-7, 0-7 Division II-Suburban B.