PAWTUCKET – Tolman High took care of business in the preliminary round of the Division II playoffs on Thursday night, rolling to a 3-1 victory over Tiverton.
The sixth-seeded Tigers advance to Monday’s 6:30 p.m. quarterfinal round matchup at Cumberland. The Clippers, who ruled Division II-North with a 12-2 record, are seeded No. 3 overall in the tournament, behind top seed Exeter/West Greenwich (14-0) and second seed Bay View (13-1).
Tolman, which tied for second in the North with Central Falls (both teams were 11-3), had its hands full with an 8-6 Tiverton team. Tolman won the first game 25-14 but had to rally for a 27-25 victory in the second game. Tiverton then won the third game 25-15 before Tolman regained control and closed out the match, 25-19.
“We became complacent in the second game and had to rally,” Tolman coach Roger Tow said. “That should have been the turning point but you have to give Tiverton credit. Usually when you lose a close game like that, it’s hard to come back, but they won the next game.”
The decisive fourth game was tied at 9-9 before Tolman went on a 5-0 run with Jackie Aguilera doing the serving. Tiverton got within two points at 15-13, only to see Tolman run off three more points for a 19-13 lead. Tiverton rallied to within three again at 22-19. Tolman then closed it out by scoring the final three points.
Zana Daluz led Tolman with 13 kills. Karen Mejias collected 14 digs. Taja Williams and Ana Espinal were strong around the night for the Tigers.
“We’ll go back in the gym and practice hard for Cumberland,” Tow said. “Cumberland beat us twice during the league season. We have a lot of work to do between now and Monday.”
C.F. downs Burrillville
CENTRAL FALLS -- Brianna Cooley and Kayla Camara had big nights for Central Falls on Thursday night to propel the Warriors to a 3-1 victory over visiting Burrillville in their Division II preliminary-round matchup.
The seventh-seeded Warriors, who improved to 12-3, will battle second-seeded Division II-Central champion Bay View (14-1) in next Monday’s 5:45 p.m. quarterfinal-round tilt at the Bengals’ gym.
Cooley produced eight kills and seven digs and Camara contributed 21 digs and four aces for the Warriors, who topped the Broncos by scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, and 25-21.
The 10th-seeded Broncos, who reached the finals of last season’s Division II playoffs, end their season with an 8-7 mark.
EAST PROVIDENCE --- East Providence knocked out two-time state champion Prout from the Division I playoffs on Thursday night by posting a 3-1 win in their quarterfinal-round matchup at the Townies’ gymnasium.
The Townies, who improved to 12-3, will face the winner of tonight’s quarterfinal-round matchup between Coventry and La Salle in next Tuesday’s semifinals at URI’s Keaney Gymnasium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Kim Thomas delivered a dozen kills, four blocked, and a pair of aces to lead the Townies, who won the match by scores of 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, and 25-16.
Lindsee Allienello added nine digs, seven kills, and three aces, and Alex Amaral handed out 27 assists and had eight digs and two aces.