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Lady Knights go 6-0 in Tri-Match


Cadavid-PalacioPaula Cadavid-Palacio - photo taken by Dan Aurelio

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Nashua, NH to compete in a tri-match with Nashua Community College and Word of Life Bible School.  The Lady Knights went a perfect 6-0 in games and 2-0 in Matches on the weekend.  With the victories the Lady Knights improve to 23-5 on the season.

Match 1 CCRI defeats Word of Life Bible School 26-24, 25-11 and 25-13

Head Coach Samantha Reyes commented before the matches “This was a weekend that we came in as the strongest team in the gym. These I feel as a coach and as a team can be the harder games to play. We had to drill it into the players’ heads that they still have to give 100% in every game and not let up even if they win by 20 or by five.” The Lady Knights, true to the coach’s prediction, came out really slow and were not moving. But the good thing that came out of it was that the score was only 24-20 Word of Life. Paula Cadavid-Palacio (Lincoln, RI) went back to serve and was determined to tie the game for the Lady Knights. Not only did Cadavid-Palacio tie the game but she won that game outright serving four aces in a row and finishing the game 26-24 CCRI. Coach Reyes added “Paula is quite but aggressive, she is the player to say it’s not over till the whistle is blown and will give it her all till that game is done.”

After the first game, the Lady Knights had a fire rise up in them and were determined to prove that they truly were the better team in the gym and finished-off the last two games in dominant fashion 25-11 and 25-13.  Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI) who led the team with 13 kills, one block and one ace followed by Paula Cadavid-Palacio who was not too far behind with nine kills, eight aces and 16 digs while Tri-Captain Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) led the team with 25 digs, two kills and one ace and Tri-Captain Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) ended the match with 25 assists, four aces and two kills.

Match 2 CCRI defeats Nashua CC 25-8, 25-18 and 25-16

The second game was very different with the Lady Knights coming in fired up and winning the first game 25-8 but tapered off down the stretch. Even though a few players became lazy and tired there were truly more players then not fighting every point. Paula Cadavid Palacio led the team with eight kills, four aces and 10 digs. Coach Reyes added “Paula was my go to girl this weekend. She has fought hard through injury after injury and continues to play hard in games and at practice. Paula is very strategic when it comes to serving and will always get us out of a hole when we need it the most. Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) was also a great server this match giving us four aces. Alanna will push hard to be a force in the front row. Alanna will get a lot of block touches which will slow the ball down enough for us to get a big swing.”

Paula Cadavid-Palacio led the Lady Knights with eight kills, four aces and 10 digs followed by

Annie Ragan with seven kills, 2.5 blocks, three aces and 13 digs.  Rounding out the Lady Knights efforts was Tri-Captain Samantha Niquette (Coventry, RI) with three kills, two aces, seven digs and a block and Tri-Captain Karla Santizo added eight digs and three aces.

The Lady Knights’ next match will be Friday October 14th for their Annual “Pink Out” where they will be wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and will be collecting donations for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation as host the Pride of Springfield JV at 7:00pm in Lincoln.

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Last Updated: 3/6/18