Warwick, R.I. – November 21, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team had their best season since 2008. The Lady Knights ended the season with an impressive 22-7 record and won the District L title in impressive fashion beating Delaware Tech and Harcum College two times. Their District L championship victory earned them a trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia November 17-19th. The Lady Knights faced No. seed and eventual National Champion Parkland out of Champaign IL in the first match and lost 3-0. In their second match they faced Central Community College out of Grand Island NE which they also lost 3-0. With the losses the Lady Knights end their historic season with a 22-7 record.
CCRI falls to Parkland: 11-25, 12-25 & 10-25
The Lady Knights got the toughest draw in the tournament having to face the No 1 ranked Cobras of Parkland College. The Cobras did not lose a set on their way to winning the National Championship and ended the season with a 51 consecutive set win streak. CCRI lost in three straight sets but battled hard until the end as they always do. Melanie Diaz (New Bedford, MA) led CCRI with three kills, two aces and two digs followed by Carol Rodriguez (Pawtucket, RI) with two kills and Tri-Captain Amanda LaCroix (East Freeport, MA) also had two kills. Angelis Perez (Central Falls, RI) added four digs while Tri-Captain Mackenzie Easterbrooks (Plainville, MA) added three digs. The Lady Knights played as well as they could versus a near perfect opponent.
CCRI falls to Central 10-25, 11-25 & 12-25
Once again the Lady Knights found themselves in a tough match up versus a very talented Central team out of Nebraska. However the Lady Knights played much better ion this match but still fell in three straight sets. Leading the way for CCRI was Tri-Captain Amanda LaCroix who had eight kills and seven digs followed by Melanie Diaz with three kills and a team-high 10 digs and two aces. Also helping the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Mackenzie Easterbrooks with nine digs and an ace and Dahlia Rafael-Tirado (Warwick, RI) had nine assists, six digs and an ace. Tri-Captain Hailey Smith (Cumberland, RI) had a kill and Angelis Perez added seven digs.
Though the Lady Knights season ended with two three set losses they accomplished their goal of becoming District Champions. Now with a taste of the Nationals under their belt, the Lady Knights will have new goals as they move forward with the hopes of improving upon this season next year.
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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.