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Knights’ club volleyball finishes season ranked fifth!
The CCRI Knights club volleyball team traveled to the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH to compete in the New England Club Volleyball League (NECVL) Championship this past weekend. The Knights went 2-3 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday to finish the season 14-10 and ranked No. 5 by the NECVL. The top five are: No. 1 WPI, No.2 Bryant, No. 3 Southern Connecticut, No.4 UMass-Lowell and No. 5 CCRI.
On Saturday the Knights had five matches. In their first match they lost to Williams University 20-25 and 21-25, then fell to Bowdoin 24-26 and 17-25 before coming back to defeat
The University of New England 24-26, 25-19 and 15-13 in the third match. They concluded the day by losing to Holy Cross 23-25 and defeating Wesleyan 25-16.
On Sunday the Knights went 2-1, losing to Southern Connecticut State University 21-25 and 23-25 but finished the day on a high note defeating Bowdoin 23-25, 27-25 and 15-7 and then downing Williams University 25-19, 23-25 and 15-11
Leading the way for the Knights were their two All-Tournament selections: Tommy Reyes (Providence, RI) and Van Cheng (Providence, RI). Reyes led the Knights in kills with 71 and aces with 14 while adding 27 digs and six blocks. Cheng led the Knights with 42 digs while adding six aces and a kill. Also helping he Knights in their successful weekend was Jimmy Phann (Providence, RI) who ked them with 208 assists, Justin Girard (Pawtucket, RI) added 51 kills and led them with 16 blocks and Aleone Cissoko (Pawtucket, RI) added 43 kills, nine blocks and three digs
Head Coach Anne-Marie Balboni beamed after the tournament: “I am very proud of our men. The CCRI Men’s Club Volleyball is now ranked 5th in all of New England! We came into Championships seeded 9th, clawed our way to 8th after the first day and they took off running the second day and won all but one match, giving us 5th out of 23 four-year schools in DII.”