Warwick, R.I. – September 27, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI for a Region XXI showdown. CCRI easily handled the Bulldogs 3-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 15-3 overall and 3-0 in Region XXI play. The Lady Knights have been on a roll lately winning their last 27 sets in a row over their last nine matches. In addition they lead all of NJCAA Division II volleyball with 265 Service Aces!
The Lady Knights decided to use this match to work on some key components of their offense in preparation for this weekend’s tri-match at Montgomery College and things worked pretty well considering the Bulldogs brought some tough serves to the table. As per the usual, CCRI's serving kept their opponent at bay to the tune of 24 aces over three sets. Co-Captain Dahlia Tirado(Providence, RI) led the offense with 23 assists and added two aces. Tirado has done a marvelous job all year directing the Lady Knights’ offense. Dahliais ranked No. 39 in the NJCAA DII in assists with 469 which is good for 7.33 assists per set. Roselyn Vasquez (Providence, RI) had eight kills while her counter Tara Watters (West Warwick, RI) added six kills and four aces. Sam Elkas (Cumberland, RI) had another strong outing with six kills, five aces, and a block. Angelis Perez (Central Falls, RI) controlled the Bulldogs game with a commanding 10 aces to help lead the Knights to victory.
Perez has been the leader for the Lady Knights’ “ACE Squad” and is ranked No. 3 by the NJCAA with 46 aces in 14 matches giving her .96 aces per set. The Lady Knights also have three more players ranked in the top 30 in Aces behind Perez. Emily Stengel is ranked No. 7 by the NJCAA with 47 Aces in 17 matches giving her .82 Aces per set. Sam Elkas is ranked No. 11 with a team-leading 51 Aces in 18 matches giving her .8 Aces per set. Rounding out the Ace Squad is Tara Watters with 38 Aces in 18 matches for .63 Aces per set. The Ace Squad lead all of Division II volleyball with 265 aces and is second in Aces per set with 4.14 per set just behind Delaware Tech who has played half as many matches as CCRI (10).
Head Coach Will Amaral commented after the victory: "I'm glad we could use this match as a warm-up to a tough tri-match this weekend and an all DII battle the following weekend. We have a tough stretch coming up but it will better prepare us for Districts and hopefully Nationals!"
The Lady Knights will travel to Rockville, MD for a very tough tri-match versus the Catamounts of Potomac State College from Keyser, WV and the hosting Raptors of Montgomery College.
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