Westerly coach Peter McCann said the Bulldogs fell behind in many of the game, rallied back and eventually fell. In the third set Shea broke out to a 14-7 advantage only to have Westerly tie things up at 20-20 before the Raiders won 26-24.
Kevin Paige and Kurtis Rathbun led Westerly’s offense with seven kills apiece. Paige also had a dig and a couple of assists. Rathbun contributed three digs.
Kenny Xie did a little bit of everything in the loss. He led Westerly with 25 assists, had two aces, a kill, two digs and four blocks.
Billy McCormick finished with five kills and four digs.
Adam Ferrare contributed five kills and four digs.
Westerly came into the playoff tournament as the ninth seed and Shea was the eighth. There was one other preliminary match, which featured No. 19 Warwick Vets and No. 7 North Smithfield.
Shea will play at Tolman in the quarterfinal round Friday.
The Bulldogs opened the 2014 season losing five straight but rallied to finish 8-10 in Division II play.
Kuzmic makes cut
CRANSTON — Joe Kuzmic shot a 9-over-par 80 on Tuesday at Cranston Country Club to just make the cut at the RIIL state tournament.
Kuzmic finished in a tie for 22nd. His score of 80 was right at the cutline. Moses Brown’s Will Dickson led the field with a 4-under 67. Dickson’s score was four strokes better than the next golfer, which was La Salle’s Matthew Corio who carded a 71.
Westerly’s Jonathon Reid carded an 87 and Sam DeSarro came in with a 104, both missing the cut.
Kuzmic is scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. Golfers will play another 18 holes today to decide the individual state champ.
Kuzmic’s 80 in the first round was a drastic improvement from what he scored in the tournament a year ago. As a freshman in 2013, Kuzmic carded a 120.
Murdock places in two events at frosh states
EAST GREENWICH — Abby Murdock placed second in the 400 meters and fourth in the 200 at Tuesday’s state freshman state track and field championships.
The Bulldogs totaled 12 points which put them in 17th place out of 30 teams. North Kingstown won the team title with 85 points. Smithfield and La Salle tied for second with 55. Murdock finished the 400 in 1 minutes, 3.6 seconds. She ran the 200 in 28.4.
Westerly will compete at the Last Chance Meet at Mt. Pleasant.
Westerly ties for 16th
WESTERLY — Max Miller placed fourth in the 1,500 meters and the host Bulldogs totaled six points to tie for 16th at Tuesday’s RIIL freshman state meet.
Westerly tied with Narragansett, Ponaganset, Chariho and Coventry in the team standings with six points apiece. Bishop Hendricken ran away with the team title, totaling 121.25 points.
Miller ran the 1,500 in 4 minutes and 29.2 seconds.
Miller also teamed with John Bertsch, Andrew Yu and Alex Toscano to place fifth in the 4x400 relay in 4:00.4.
The Bulldogs will compete at the Hendricken Invitational Saturday.
Cumberland in playoffs
WESTERLY — The Bulldogs enter the Division I tournament as the 12th seed and open with a single-elimination game at Cumberland.
The Bulldogs and Clippers meet Thursday at 3:30 p.m. according to Westerly athletic director Jamey Vetelino.
The Clippers (12-6, 11-5 Division I) finished in a tie for third place with East Providence and La Salle and enter the tournament as the fifth seed. The Townies are No. 4 and the Rams are seeded third.
Westerly (7-13, 6-10 Division I) lost to Cumberland 7-0 on April 29. Cumberland’s Juliet Nelson no-hit Westerly in that game, recording five strikeouts in seven innings.
The winner of the Westerly-Cumberland game advances to double-elimination portion of the state tournament and will face the winner of No. 4 East Providence and No. 13 Mount St. Charles.