WOOD RIVER JCT. –Three Chariho High Boys volleyball players earned first-team All-State honors as the Chargers staged one of their most successful seasons in a decade this spring.
Seniors Tyler White and Matthew Beaudry and junior Matthew Tiernan earned the honors.
White was an outside hitter and one of the league’s dominant players.
“He’s done a bit of everything this year,” first-year coach Jack Pincince said. “In volleyball, the serve-receiver is very important and he helped us control the ball. He was a good server and able to put the teams out of their system.”
But White excelled as a hitter.
“He’s a great athlete, he hits hard and he’s also smart,” Pincince said. “A lot of young volleyball players try to bounce the ball as close to the net as possible. But he’s very smart and would hit over the block and hit the back third of the court.”
Pincince said White posted “ridiculous” numbers this season, finishing with 433 kills. He said knockouts compare favorably to points in basketball. So for a player to reach almost half of 1,000 in a single season is a significant achievement.
Beaudry, who is 6-foot-5, served as center tackle for the Chargers and was able to fill multiple roles for the team.
“When he’s in the front row, every time we get a good pass, we turn to a super fast paced attack and it’s almost impossible to stop him,” Pincince said. “He’s very efficient. He had 301 punches this season with 165 kills. His punching efficiency (kills killed minus errors divided by total attempts) was 0.450, close to state-leading.”
Beaudry also recorded other big numbers.
“He completed 66 blocks this year. He’s a very good blocker, very smart. For his size, he’s very fast side-to-side, which means we almost always have a double block,” Pincince said.
Tiernan, a junior, was the team’s setter.
“He always takes every second pass. It doesn’t matter where the ball went, whether it went straight at him or was 20 feet away, he had to get there too,” Pincince said. “He usually makes good choices and he always knows who to feed at the right time.”
Tiernan also had a good understanding of the players on his team and how to play to their strengths, Pincince added.
“Some guys attack better from certain positions. He understands that,” Pincince said. “He knows who can put the ball away.”
Chariho finished the season 15-5, losing to La Salle, 3-2, in the Division I semifinals. The final set went to extra points with the Rams prevailing, 18-16. La Salle lost to North Kingstown in the final in five sets. Four of Chariho’s five losses have come against these two teams.
The last time Chariho went beyond the semifinals was in 2010, when the Chargers lost in the Division I Finals to Bishop Hendricken and finished 13-4. Chariho also lost in the semi-finals in 2014, when they finished 12-7.
“Losing in the semis was tough because we didn’t really deserve it,” Pincince said. “We deserved better than this, but the degree we improved says more about the team than losing in the semi-finals.
“I’m really proud of the group we had. It was a pleasure coaching these guys. They brought a great attitude every day, they were easy to coach and learned quickly.”