Rhode Island Interscholastic League
Girls' Volleyball Championship Finals
Division III


Central Falls High School  "Warriors"
Shea High School
Maria Budzyna
Kayla Camara
Ana German
Diana Giraldo
Sasha Gonzalez
Julia Pickett
Anairis Rodriguez
Sophia Silva
Natalia Szulc - captain
Alba Vargas - captain
Melanie Velez
Sakira Wilson
Badiallo Sidibe
Stacy Afonseca
Nunah Boway
Tatiana Restrepo
Solenny DeJesus
Maryselisse Garcia
Amber Charette - captain
Bella Koudriavtseva  - captain
Michelle Rodriguez
Isaura B. DosSantos
Marie DaSilva
Sueya Moreira
Liana Weeks
Junissa Urraca
Orianna Rodriguez
Coach: Richard Sousa
Assistant coach: Jorge Torres
Coach: Mrs. Chris Daily
Assistant Coach: Carl McCurdy

November 14, 2009
Final played at
University of Rhode Island

Central Falls "Warriors" 
State Championship
for the second consecutive year
with a "perfect season" - Undefeated!


Warming up ....
Listening to the National Anthem ....ready for action!

Watch some of the excitment following the game.

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Providence Journal Article

The following pictures were taken by Providence Journal.










Warriors simply perfect ... again     E-mail
on 11-16-2009 02:37 


Sports writer
KINGSTON — Good morning. Good afternoon. Good night.
Just 55 minutes was all that Central Falls needed in making sure the Division III championship remains planted on Summer Street for another year. Those admirers who flocked to Keaney Gym Saturday afternoon were witnesses to the second consecutive coronation for C.F. a jubilant scene that proved fitting for a program that has gone unscathed over the last two campaigns, a 32-0 stretch.
Sometimes the last step is perceived as the hardest. Apparently somebody failed to inform the Warriors that the quest for a championship is never supposed to be a cakewalk. There were no perilous moments on the URI campus, Central Falls vanquishing its closest competition, Shea, in three games by scores of 25-13, 25-9, 25-21.
The Warriors, now champions for the fifth time this decade, put on a clinic, displaying strong hitting, precision passing and aggressive play at the net, all the key ingredients needed to earn a volleyball title. Senior Alba Vargas capped off a brilliant career with the Alice Sullivan Award, bestowed upon the game’s MVP. Vargas, who is being courted by Mitchell College in Connecticut, finished with five kills – two of which were of the thunderous variety, occurring in the closing stages in each of the first two games.
“Give (the Warriors) their due,” said a gracious Chris Daily, Shea’s head coach. “They came ready to play and deserve to win.”
The common theme in all three games was the ability on Central Falls’ part to storm out to commanding leads. After a long rally was needed to obtain the initial point of the match, the Warriors tacked on nine straight. The streak was halted when an error occurred at the net, resulting in the Raiders serving for the first time and trailing 10-0.
The strong starts for the Warriors were present again in the second game (12-1) and the third (9-2). Eventually the Raiders were able to get off the canvas, but in the wake of such enlarged deficits, the rallies proved to arrive too little, too late.
“That’s luck in many ways because in this game, [momentum can switch sides] so fast,” said C.F. head coach Richard Sousa. “The fact we got off to such big leads, it takes all the pressure off. If we don’t open like that, it’s neck-to-neck in all those games.”
The third game wound up being the most competitive one of the match. Shea slowly chipped away, eventually crawling to within 22-21. Central Falls was certainly on high alert, for the last thing Sousa wanted to see was the Raiders have life and extend the match further. The Warriors responded to the rare wakeup call by nailing down the three remaining points, all in a row, needed to seal up another impeccable campaign.
“The thing is that if you lose that third game, what does (Shea) do now? It gives total life to the other team,” pondered Sousa about a scenario that didn’t come to fruition. “I’m just glad we won that third game because I would have been nervous.” 
“You never know what could happen,” echoed Vargas. 
The Raiders, forced to endure a runner-up finish for the second straight year, had hoped the confidence that sprung in last month’s five-set setback against the Warriors would carryover on a neutral court. Instead Central Falls’ serving aspect befuddled Shea, resulting in numerous “free” points for its opponent.
“We’ve had trouble with returning their serves every time we played them,” said Daily “Some members of our boys team came by to help them, but we just didn’t come ready to play.”
While Vargas received her proper due, she wasn’t the sole factor in the Warriors’ title-worthy camp. Senior Maria Budzyna notched four kills while Natalia Szulc handed out 13 assists. Sofia Silva and Kayla Camara enjoyed strong games from the service line, playing instrumental roles in the Warriors achieving, respectively, 20 and 14 points.
“Everyone was covering for one another,” said a beaming Vargas, clutching flowers and the MVP plaque while the championship medal dangling around her neck.
Then there’s what sophomore Anna Rodriguez brought to the table – the element of surprise. As a freshman Rodriguez played a key role in the Warriors hoisting up the D-III girls basketball banner, earning MVP honors. On Saturday Rodriguez (17 kills) added to her big game legend, this time with her tenacity around the net as the Raiders simply did not have an answer.
The ironic thing is that Rodriguez is only a recent addition to the varsity squad.
“I wanted to let her play with the JV all year long, and once their [postseason] tournament was over, I was quickly going to bring her up,” explained Sousa. “I knew she would help us out. We were winning without her, but it was close.
“I needed some surprise,” added Sousa about Rodriguez, who faced Shea for the first time Saturday. “I didn’t want to come out with the same rotation. I wanted a different look and I wanted what I thought was going to be the strongest look. We went with it and it worked.”
“She was big at the net,” summoned up Vargas about the contribution of Rodriguez.
So too were the rest of the Warriors on an afternoon in which perfection resulted with the players barely working up a sweat. 



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