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Lady Knights win twice to improve to 25-6!


Stephanie JeffriesStephanie Jeffries - photo taken by Dan Aurelio

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted Nashua community college from Nashua, NH and Holyoke Community College from Holyoke, MA for the New England Invitational.  The Lady Knights defeated Nashua 25-13 and 25-8 then went on defeat Holyoke Community College 25-16 and 25-15.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 25-6 on the season.   The Invitational was also Sophomore Day for their five sophomores: Tri-Captain Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI), Tri-Captain Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI), Stephanie Jefferies (Providence, RI), Johnna Gulluscio (Westerly, RI) and Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA)  

Match 1: CCRI defeats Nashua Community College 25-13 and 25-8

All of the Lady Knights set high goals for this weekend whether it was not having any hitting error or serving four aces. They all worked very hard to obtain their individual goal. We wanted to use these games as practice for the District Tournament, concentrating things like: picking up tips where we find the most trouble during a game and also covering open areas.

Annie Ragan  (North Kingstown, RI) led the Lady Knights finishing the match with six kills and seven digs while being loud and aggressive and a true leader on the court. Head Coach Samantha Reyes commented: “I was proud of Annie this weekend despite all the injuries she has had to overcome. Stephanie (Jefferies) really shined in this game and played the best I have seen her play. She was aggressive and strong and I was very proud to see all the work she put into this season.” Jefferies finished with three kills and 1.5 blocks. Reyes added “Johnna (Gulluscio) also played great in the back row not letting any balls drop and communicating very well. I was very happy because she has worked very hard this season to become a better player.

Match 2: CCRI defeats Holyoke Community College 25-16 and 25-15

After a very emotional Sophomore Day Ceremony they had to play a game. Coach Reyes added “These girls played hard and wanted their last game at home to be worth it. I saw the team start playing together and fighting for every single point. Leaving everything on the court making their final game memorable for all the right reason.

The sophomores really came through led by Tri-Captain Courtney Piccirillo who finished with 10 assists, seven digs and two blocks followed by Tri-Captain Karla Santizo who finished the match with 17 digs and three aces with only one error that entire match.  Also playing well was

Stephanie Jefferies  with three kills and 2.5 blocks, Johnna Gulluscio finished with four digs and a kill and Alanna Perry finished with a kill, 3.5 blocks and four digs and also only one error the match.  Rounding out the Lady Knights attack was Annie Ragan with seven kills, 12 digs and two aces, Paula Cadavid (Lincoln, RI) added four kills two digs and two aces and Tri-Captain Samantha Niquette (Coventry, RI) added two kills an ace and three digs. 

The Lady Knights now look forward to the Northeast District Tournament which will be held at The County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ.  The District Tournament participants and schedule are still being confirmed at this time.

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Last Updated: 3/6/18