The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Hagerstown, MD to compete in the Hagerstown Volleyball Invitational this past weekend where they faced some of the top Division I and Division II talent in the nation. On the first day CCRI faced No. 13 Division I power Monroe College and lost 0-3, then faced host school Hagerstown who they fell 0-3 and then dropped a tough match to Genesee Community College 0-3. With the three losses the Lady Knights fall to 5-16 on the season.
“Today was a tough day” commented Head Coach Sam Amaral. She added “Our ladies played Monroe bright and early, and as a team struggled to slow the pace of the game down and play their own game, allowing Monroe to take control of the match. Monroe came to play and we made too many errors. In Game three I started to see my girls play. I told them Monroe is a power house but we play smarter. Every team in this gym is beatable we just have to play our game.” The Lady Knights started to do just this, however coming to life and started to play a little too late in the game to win. Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) finished the game with a kill and three blocks while sophomore Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) added five digs.
“This was the most frustrating match to coach” commented Coach Amaral. Later adding “My girls did not show up to play. They were scared to play. The girls that showed up in this game were not my girls that practice two hours a day and five days a week. The team lost their passion. We as coaches were at a loss of words.”
Delyn Pizzaro had one kill and three blocks, followed by Sarah Keomorokot who had a kill and an ace and Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) had three aces and a kill.
“The Lady Knights were mentally defeated before they started this match. They could have beaten GCC but they didn’t believe that they could win. As coaches we couldn’t make this team play, nor inspire them to want to play better.” said Coach Amaral. But also added “However, it has to be said, my freshman setter Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) really came to play all day. It was great to see her get it and control our offense to the best of her ability. She demanded her team be better and it is exactly what we needed and what we will need to win in the future. Our middles both Hannah and Delyn also played great on the net.”
Delyn Pizzaro had three kills and three solo blocks, Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) had two kills and three solo blocks. Samantha Archambault (North Smithfield, RI) had a kill and seven digs while setter Emily Taylor had an ace, 17 assists and 12 digs.
The Lady Knights will continue play in the Hagerstown Tournament Sunday when they will face Frederick CC and Allegany College of Maryland.
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