The CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to play the No. 14 ranked (NJCAA DII volleyball poll) Mustangs of Monroe College. The Lady Knights fell to the Mustangs 8-25, 19-25, and 14-25. CCRI vs. No. 14 Monroe College Lady Knights fall: 8-25, 19-25, and 14-25
The No. 14 ranked Mustangs knocked CCRI out of the District tournament in 2012. The Lady Knights had a score to settle with Monroe. Unfortunately, the Lady Knights were not able to prove themselves today.
The first set was hard to take. CCRI just didn't play to their potential. They could blame it on the long drive but at the end of the day the girls were no match for Monroe the first set falling 8-25. The second set was much better for CCRI but they still fell 19-25. Head Coach Sam Amaral commented “I had full confidence that we could have beaten Monroe because hard work will beat talent when talent stops working hard. The girls fought through this game, two poorly timed calls from the refs, and a couple of aces stopped the Lady Knights from winning the second set.”
“Set three we beat ourselves commented Coach Amaral “making more errors than Monroe scored on the court. It’s a struggle to know that the only thing stopping us from beating Monroe is ourselves.” CCRI finished this set knowing they will have to face Monroe Bronx next Friday night. The Lady Knights after the game told their coach "Coach, this isn't over. We are not only ready to play on Friday night but they are ready to finally take this game from Monroe.”
Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) was a force as usual and one of the reasons CCRI got as close as they did to taking a victory. Cabrera had six kills and one block, Omayra Corchado (Isabela, PR) also had a good match with six kills, with five digs and a block. Jincy Phann (Cranston, RI) had a strong serving day with an ace and consistently kept the Monroe ladies out of their system. Alyssa Salinas (Corpus Christi, TX) had 11 assist, two kills and seven digs, while Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) finished with one block.
The Lady Knights have a few days off before hosting a big weekend of matches. On Friday they host Monroe College and Howard Community College for a tri-match beginning at 5:00pm. On Saturday the Lady Knights host their Dig Pink tourney where they will host Howard Community College, Suffolk County College and Holyoke College beginning at 9:00am.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.