Warwick, R.I. – September 8, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Howard Community College in Columbia, MD to compete in the Dragon Invitational over Labor Day Weekend. The Lady Knights had an excellent weekend going 3-1 but unfortunately do to tiebreaker points did not make the playoff round. With the 3-1 weekend CCRI volleyball improves to 4-3 on the season.
Head Coach Samantha Amaral commented: “This morning was a great match to start off with. The girls warm and even playing was great. There were some errors on our side of the net that lead to us losing the game. April Von (Providence, RI) had an amazing game. She stepped up so much for this team this game, I was so proud of her.” Von finished the game with five Digs and an Ace and one assist. Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, MA) finished the match with five kills. Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) also had a very good match with five kills. Tri-Captain Setter Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) finished with seven digs, 11 assists and two kills. Coach Amaral added “I was so proud of the way they played. All the things we have worked on all week have shown today. I can only hope that they Lady Knights bring it in our second game vs the College of Southern Maryland.”
“WHAT A MATCH!!!” according to Coach Amaral. She continued “You know those movies that you are on the edge of your set the whole time. That is kind of how I felt this entire match.” The lady Knights started slowly while struggling to pass the ball and hit the ball inbounds. They woke up towards that end of game one but unfortunately it was a little too late. Game two CCRI began to fight. Game two was neck and neck. Southern Maryland would pull ahead three points and CCRI would than answer with four points. With some great kills and key Aces and Digs CCRI was able to take game two. Game three was to 15 (win by two) and was a battle that ended 20-18. CCRI struggled in the beginning of this game with some key tip kills from Southern Maryland. We switch sides at 4-8 Southern Maryland leading and had the ball. Mackenzie Easterbrooks (Plainville, CT) started the serve off and was able to tie the score at 8-8. The game went back and forth with the Lady Knights able to take the game by a final count of 20-18. Coach Amaral added “I am so proud of my girls and the way they played. They should me that the game isn't over until it is over. They fought all the way through together. They truly started to play like a team. One team one Voice.”
LaCroix finished the day with 19 digs, five kills. Victoria Parente (Johnston, RI) had four kills on key points, Taylor had 13 assist, three kills, six digs, and two aces. Dominique Baron (Middletown, RI) really showed the coaching staff she wanted to be here, with three blocks on some seriously crucial points in game three while adding a kill.
“I guess the Lady Knights like to keep us on our feet.” commented Coach Amaral. CCRI started that game off slowly, struggling with passing and not able to put the ball away. Some Aces from Howard and key Kills led to Howard taking game one from The Lady Knights. Game two and three CCRI started to wake up and play their game. Amanda LaCroix was a force on the net and Dominique Baron didn't allow much to get through her either. The Lady Knights benefited from some serious key Blocks by Baron. They were able to pull together and win as a team. Amaral added “I am so proud of this team. Each game we play these girls grow and learn. They fight for each other and grow a passion and love for what they do when they get on the court.”
LaCroix finished with 10 kills and four Digs, Taylor had 18 assists and two key aces, Tri-Captain Kayleigh Clausen (Wakefield, RI) had 16 Digs and an ace, Baron finished with three key blocks and a Kill. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was Victoria Parente with two kills and Tri-Captain Hailey Smith (Cumberland, RI) added four kills.
This game was very interesting to watch. CCRI was not prepared at first to have ball come over on the first and second hits. It took about seven points and a time out for the Lady Knights to adjust to a very unconventional tactic from their opponent. Ormarie Colon was able to step it up at the service line to finish with four aces, five digs, and two kills. LaCroix had seven kills and four digs. Parente had two kills. Easterbrooks finished with an ace and three digs. Taylor led the team in assists with 14 while adding an Ace.
The next matches for the Lady Knights will be the weekend of September 19th and 20th when they host the CCRI Classic versus five incoming teams: New Hampshire Tech, Bunker Hill CC, Unity College, Harford Community College and Howard Community College. All volleyball matches are played in the CCRI Fieldhouse in Lincoln.
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.
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