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Lady Knights’ volleyball second at NHTI Invite!
The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to concord, NH to compete in the NHTI Invite on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Knights went 5-1 in their matches with an 11-2 game record over the tournament to finish second overall in the tournament. On Friday they beat Nashua Community College 25-11 and 25-9 then Word of Life Bible Institute 25-19 and 25-15. On Saturday CCRI defeated Unity College 25-9 and 25-12 and Springfield JV 25-20 and 25-15. The Lady Knights moved onto the playoffs where they faced the University of Maine- Machias and won 25-20 and 25-19 to advance to the tournament Championship. In the finals the Lady Knights fell to Springfield JV 25-19, 22-25 and 13-15 in a tremendously hard fought match. Co-Captain setter Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI) and hitter Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) both were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts.
CCRI Head Coach Samantha Amaral commented after the first day: “Day one was hard for the girls. We had a long bus ride to NHTI and all the girls just felt slow and tired. However they were able to pull it together and come out victorious on day one.” On day two the Lady Knights Swept Unity College: 25-9 and 25-12 and Springfield JV 25-20 and 25-15 before moving onto the playoffs.
CCRI vs. U-Maine Machias
Game one: CCRI 25 UMM 20
Game two: CCRI 25 UMM 19
Coach Amaral commented "We had an injury to Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, FL). With the score was 2-2 and had to call in injury time out on top of an injury timeout, due to some confusion with the refs. We couldn't do anything to stop a run from UMM or pick up our girls mentally with a speech during time out, I had to look at my team and say now this is your team because I cannot do anything. However, the girls pulled-out the victory and I think this meant more to them because they knew they did this all on their own. I asked my girls to carry this team and they did with pride. I was very proud of my girls at this moment!”
CCRI vs. Springfield JV
Game one: CCRI 25 Springfield JV 19
Game two: CCRI 22 Springfield JV 25
Game three: CCRI 13 Springfield JV 15
This game really took a lot out of the Lady Knights. Game three we had another injury but this time it was to Co-Captain setter Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI). Ragan was injured chasing down an errant ball and dove on the floor and was hurt. She came-up bleeding and with tears in her eyes. Amaral added “I noticed the girls looked a bit scared and couldn't look to their captain for guidance. I pulled the team aside and told them as Annie was getting looked at by the trainer that they needed to pull together and fight to the finish.” At that point the score was CCRI-11 Springfield JV-13. The Lady Knights had no room for error. Ragan returned because she refused to sit out and watch her team fall which gave them a boost. However, the next point was an ace from Springfield JV. Coach Amaral called the final time out for CCRI and told the girls “You need to play like a team, start talking and fight for each other and Annie.” CCRI rallied for two more points but that was as close as they would get. Amaral commented after the match “The roaring of Springfield JV girls getting the win broke our girls’ hearts. Each one knew they had a part in the loss, with heads down the girls congratulated Springfield and waited on the back line to except their award for runner ups in the NHTI tourney.”
Two Lady Knights earned All-Tournament honors: Co-Captain Annie Ragan earned it for her heart and tenacity she put into the weekend. Amaral commented “Without this captain on the court the team would struggle. She is a great leader on and off the court.” The second All-Tournament selection was Janny Cabrera. Amaral added “She took over the front row! She was a hitter that players just couldn't stop.” Janny had 14 kills and eight blocks in the finals alone with six of those blocks being solo blocks. Later adding “She is a humble girl who just wants to get better and play great for her team. She came in knowing we needed a finisher and has been just that.”
The next match for the Lady Knights will be this Wednesday when they travel to Haverhill, MA to play Northern Essex Community College at 6:30pm for a Region XXI non-league game.
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