A pair of players with South County connections have seen significant playing time on the court for the Johnson & Wales men’s volleyball team in the early stages of its 2019 campaign.
Junior North Kingstown product Josh Pitzer has been ever-present for the Wildcats, appearing in nearly every set and also placing himself among the team leaders in several statistical categories.
The ex-Skipper is third on the squad with 47 kills. He logged a season-high nine in wins over Newbury College and Regis.
Joining Pitzer on the Wildcats this season is South Kingstown alum Jack Pincince, who has wasted little time in finding his way onto the court and making an impact in his freshman year.
The former Rebel has appeared in each match and is inside the top five on the team in aces, kills, digs and total attacks, with his 10 aces good for second among the JWU squad.
Eight of Pincince’s aces came on Friday, as the Wildcats welcomed Southern Vermont and Pine Manor for a tri-match, which saw the hosts defeat both opponents in straight sets.
After dropping its opening match to the season in straight sets to then-No. 1 Springfield, Johnson & Wales found its stride, winning its next seven matches.
Frosh shining at Holy Cross
South County natives Eva McCool-Guglielmo and Bella Miko-Rydzaj have been strutting their stuff in their respective sports for Holy Cross this winter, with each finding a measure of individual success for the Crusaders.
McCool-Guglielmo, a freshman who matriculated from South Kingstown, has participated in several indoor track meets, mainly competing in the jumps.
The ex-Rebel was most recently in action in a dual meet versus New Hampshire on Jan. 19, placing third in the long jump with a 5.02-meter effort while winning the triple jump by traveling 11.10 meters.
The latter was 12 centimeters short of McCool-Guglielmo’s season best, which came on Dec. 8 at the Husky Invitational in Boston, a meet in which she qualified for the final of the 60-meter hurdles, finishing eighth in 9.53 seconds.
In the pool, Narragansett native and Prout alumna Bella Miko-Rydzaj has specialized in winning a particular pair of events for the school’s swim team, namely the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley.
The once-and-present Crusader has done this double in dual meets versus Providence and Iona and in a tri-meet involving Manhattan and Sacred Heart, also contributing to a pool record in the latter.
Miko-Rydzaj swam one of the legs of the team’s 4x100 medley relay on Nov. 3, which finished in four minutes, 2.04 seconds to set the new mark.