The CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team traveled to concord, NH to play the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute. The Lady Knights defeated the Lynx in three straight sets 25-17, 25-16 and 25-16. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 2-0 on the season.
Set one: CCRI- 25 NHTI- 17
The first set one started off slowly as the Lady Knights had a long ride and they had to just jump in on the court. The Lady Knights pushed themselves to not be beaten as they battled neck-and-neck with each other through the first set. Head Coach Sam Amaral called a time out and told the girls "When you are tired that is when you have to go back to the basics". The girls knew what they had to change about this set. They had to start playing on their type of volleyball. Coach Amaral saw the girls start calling the ball more, beating the ball, and serves becoming more aggressive. Chelsea O’Connor (Pawtucket, RI) is the type of player who will practice new things at practice and be the first to really use it during a game. She may be short but she is mighty in the front row. O’Connor finished the set with four kills. Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) did very well in the front row, leading the team with six kills and three digs. Lindsey Proulx (Cranston, RI) did a great job at the serves line not missing one serve and getting one ace, Proulx also had a kill and five digs. and helped the lady knights gain this first win. Rounding out the top performers in set one was Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) finished game one with three kills.
Set two: CCRI-25 NHTI- 16
The Lady Knights were now warmed up and ready to go. CCRI knew what they had to do, NHTI was not just going to hand them the win. They had to minimize their own errors, and become much more aggressive; but above all start playing like a team. Again both teams were neck-and-neck for a good part of the set. Coach Amaral called a time out and made some substitutions to better prepare for NHTI offense. The Lady Knights defended their side of the court very well. Amaral commented “I didn't see a ball drop without a body hitting the floor after it.” Lindsey Proulx did an amazing job the entire game but really started to shine with her serves and defense game two and three. We were struggling to pick up the tips in the first set. Lindsey took it upon herself to be responsible for any tips. She did a great job, it is really good to see a young player with not much experience play at a high level and not just be a part of the team but an asset to the team. Janny Cabrera was a force in the front row and back row, finishing set two with 10 kills, hitting at .83% and six digs. Alyssa Salinas (Corpus Christi, TX) led the team in assists with 15 while adding two kills. Jincy Phann (Cranston, RI) game two did a great job in defense and being loud calling out everything for the team. Haley finished set two with seven digs and an ace. Haley Greenwood’s (Goldsboro, NC) serves kept NHTI out of their system allowing CCRI to gain the win.
Set three: CCRI- 25 NHTI- 16
The Lady Knights did a much better job at starting the game off with force. They came on the court and started the game off with an ace and kill. However NHTI fought their way back to tie up the score. Coach Amaral called a time out and spoke to the girls about playing as a team and calling everything. She also told the team they needed to have some fight and reminded them that NHTI wants this win as much as they do. Janny Cabrera and Alyssa Salinas took over the game. Janny finished the game with three kills, nine digs, and three aces. Alyssa finished the game with nine assist, four kills while hitting 50%. Chelsea O’Connor helped the Lady Knights close in on the win with two aces and four digs. Omayra Corchado (Isabela, Puerto Rico) also contributed by finishing the set with two kills and two digs.
After the match Head Coach Sam Amaral commented: “I was happy to gain the win, but I think the time I was the proudest was seeing the girls use what they had learned in practice all week in the game. This team is eager to learn always and always wanting to get better. On the way home the girls spoke about what they saw they did wrong and what they wanted to do at practice the next day. I always have said it you can't coach passion, heart or commitment. This team in the beginning struggles with the passion but now have an abundance of passion, heart, and commitment to the CCRI lady knights. I am very proud of my girls and I can see good things happening for the Lady Knights in the near future.”
The next matches for CCRI will be the CCRI classic which they will host this Saturday and Sunday beginning each day at 9:00am. The Lady Knights will host five very strong and talented teams including: Genesee CC from Batavia, NY, Fashion Institute From New York, NY, New Hampshire Tech from Concord, NH, Holyoke CC from Holyoke, MA and Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY.
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