Lincoln, RI - November 5, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team (21-4) is hosting the NJCAA Division II District L Tournament this weekend on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. CCRI, the No. 1 seed is hosting SUNY-Ulster (12-8-1), the No. 3 seed, from New York, Delaware Tech (26-5), the No. 2 seed from Dover, DE and Harcum College (14-10), the No. 4 seed, from Bryn Mawr, PA.
The Lady Knights went 2-0 on Saturday defeating Harcum 3-1 and then Delaware Tech 3-1 and will advance to Championship Match 10am Sunday. Harcum College lost to CCRI 1-3, defeated Ulster 3-0 then defeated Delaware Tech 3-0 to also advance to Championship Match. Delaware Tech defeated Ulster 3-0 but lost to CCRI 1-3 and then to Harcum 0-3 and were eliminated from tournament. Ulster lost 0-3 to Delaware Tech and 0-3 to Harcum and was eliminated from tournament.
CCRI defeats Harcum: 25-7, 25-14, 21-25 & 25-18
The Lady Knight have been looking forward to playing I the district Tournament all year and one of their primary goals was to make it to the National Tournament in West Virginia November 17-19th. CCRI came out of the gate on fire as they quickly took the first two sets from a very game Bears team of Harcum College 25-7 and 25-14. However in the third set, Harcum came alive and really took it to the Lady Knights winning set three 21-25. The Lady Knights dug deep and found another level of intensity and were able to overcome Harcum in the fourth set 25-18 to win the match 3-1. Leading the way for CCRI was Tri-Captain Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, MA) with 13 kills, 18 digs and two solos blocks and Melanie Diaz (New Bedford, MA) added five kills, 26 digs and four aces. Also playing well was Tri-Captain Hailey Smith (Cumberland, RI) with five kills and Tri-Captain Mackenzie Easterbrooks (Plainville, MA) with 20 digs.
CCRI defeats Del Tech: 16-25, 25-21, 27-25 & 25-16
In this rematch of a game that took place earlier in the season the Lady Knights were looking to stay in the winner’s bracket against a very tough Hawks team of Delaware Tech. The Hawks have a BIG front line and excellent setter so defense was going to be paramount of the Lady Knights wanted to advance. In this match CCRI started slowly losing the first set 16-25. The Hawks still played tough in the second but CCRI rallied to win narrowly by the count of 25-21. The third set was one for the ages with many long rallies that left bodies on the floor after making many miraculous diving attempts and digging balls that should have never gotten back up. However it was the Lady Knights defensive intensity that won them the set 27-25. In the final set CCRI was on a roll and won somewhat easily 25-16 to take the match 3-1.
As a team the Lady Knights had 149 total team digs and they needed every one against the very tough attacking offense of Delaware Tech. Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Amanda LaCroix with 11 kills with 29 digs while Melanie Diaz had eight kills, three aces and 38 digs. Also leading the CCRI defensive effort was Tri-Captain Mackenzie Easterbrooks with a team high 43 digs while offensively Carol Rodriguez (Pawtucket, RI) had 10 kills and Hailey Smith had six kills and five digs. Rounding out the CCRI effort was Angelis Perez (Central Falls, RI) had 25 digs and three aces and Dahlia Rafael-Tirado (Warwick, RI) with 36 assists and eight digs.
Full District L Tournament Saturday match score summary:
10am: CCRI defeats Harcum: 25-7, 25-14, 21-25 & 25-18
10am: Del Tech defeats Ulster: 25-8, 25-12 & 25-18
1pm: CCRI defeats Del Tech: 16-25, 25-21, 27-25 & 25-16
1pm: Harcum defeats Ulster: 25-10, 25-15 & 27-25
4pm: Harcum defeats Del Tech: 25-22, 25-21 & 29-27
The No. 1 seed Lady Knights (21-4) will face No. 4 seed Bears of Harcum College (14-10) at 10am at the Fieldhouse on the CCRI Flanagan Campus. If the Lady Knights win they go to the NJCAA Division II National Championship November 17-19th in Charleston, West Virginia. If Harcum wins at 10am the two teams will play again at 1pm and the winner advances to Nationals.
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