Warwick, R.I. – April 3, 2015: The CCRI Club Volleyball team has qualified for the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation National Championships in Kansas City, MO April 9-11. The Knights will compete in the Division III Championships against 34 club programs including schools like: Penn State, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Arizona and Arizona State just to name a few.
Head Coach Anne Marie Balboni commented: I was told by several teams that have gone in the past that Division III is where the community colleges compete. Only to find out DIII is much stronger than DII, the level they competed in New England Collegiate Volleyball League. However, due to a club rule that the large DI programs like Penn State have two teams than one can go into DI and the second must enter into DIII. Though it is our first year, we look forward to the challenge!”
The CCRI men’s club volleyball team finished third in the NECVL Division II Championships last weekend held at Fairfield University on Fairfield, CT. The Knights entered the Championships ranked No. 7 out of the 23 in Division II but performed well to finish in Third Place after an excellent weekend of play. Freshman Jake Johnson (Warwick, RI) and Jakeem Gonzalez (New Bedford, MA) were rewarded for their stellar weekends by making the All-Tournament Team. Johnson had four aces, 23 kills and 53 blocks over the weekend, while Gonzales had 27 points earned and seven aces. Derek Lewis (Boston, MA) added a team high 48 kills and Shawn Mulso (Scituate, RI) led the team with 79 blocks.
Coach Balboni added as she prepares the Knights for the big tournament: “Right now the entire team has really come together and gelled as a cohesive unit. They each have a role to play and we are really looking forward to being a part of this!”
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.