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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-11-2019

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PAWTUCKET – After taking over the St. Raphael Academy boys' volleyball program this past spring and guiding the Saints to their first Division III championship, Cory Linhares is stepping in as the girls' coach this year. And Linhares is inheriting a team that reached its first D-III finals last season after claiming the Division III-A regular-season title with a 15-1 record, but graduated three big players in Sydney Charette, Sierra Gonzalez, and Korto Jackson. "It's a different game from the boys," Linhares said about the transi- tion of coaching SRA's two volleyball teams. "With the girls, you have to go back to the basics and set a foundation early." Linhares said that right now, his team has been trying to find the right pieces to replace the seniors from last year and have the girls that played with those seniors step up. This year's team is made up of mostly juniors, but Linhares does have a few seniors. Aliviyah Perryman is back, and Paige O'Brien is a first-year senior who "is a super big addition to the middle," Linhares added. "She plays basketball and is a great athlete. She tried out and blew me away." Two returning juniors who are the captains are outside hitter Tatyana Vicente and setter Madison Nault. Linhares said that those two players were big parts of the team last year, and over the summer, took the initia- tive to lead the way in offseason work- outs and help out the other girls. After starting as a freshman, Victoria Adegboyega is back as a middle hit- ter. Allajah Perryman is on the right side, Athena Rodrigues is the libero, and freshman Ava Tavares will start as well. Linhares said that Allajah could also step in and set if needed. "The big thing I'm emphasizing this season is our serve," Linhares said. "We have five girls that can hop serve. Paige picked up jump serving and had nine aces in our first match." That first match took place on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Providence and saw the Saints blank Mount Pleasant by scores of 25-14, 25-13, and 25-15. Nault had 22 assists, Vicente added seven kills and six digs, and the Saints had a total of 32 aces, with Vicente adding seven and Nault picking up six. "We played pretty well, but gave them an 8-1 lead in the third set," Linhares said. "We rallied 13-9 and took over from there." On Monday night, the Saints were back in Providence, this time taking on Central at the Providence Career & Technical Academy. The Knights proved to be a tougher opponent than Mount Pleasant, but the Saints defeat- ed them in four sets. The Saints, who won the match by scores of 29-27, 25-16, 20-25, and 25-19, were led by Nault, who dished out 30 assists, O'Brien, who added 10 kills, five aces, and four blocks, and Abegboyega, who had eight kills and five blocks. Linhares wants his team to improve 12 SPORTS & RECREATION SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Saints seek return to D-III title match Linhares takes over girls' volleyball team after guiding boys to first championship By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU St. Raphael Academy sophomore ALLAJAH PERRYMAN, shown serving the ball during last season's Division III championship match against Rogers, is back in the Saints' lineup this season. The Saints are currently 2-0, thanks to their victories in Providence over Mount Pleasant and Central. Continues on next page ACROSS 1. Babies' eating accessories 5. Charge on a coat of arms 9. Set of five 11. California town 13. One who cites 15. Elected official 16. Japanese deli- cacy 17. Couldn't be happier 19. Enormous 21. Hunter's tool 22. Georgia rockers 23. Cold wind 25. Beginner 26. Where you sleep 27. Without 29. We all have them 31. Spoiled 33. Platform 34. 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