The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Howard Community College in Columbia, MD to compete I the Howard Community College Dragon Invitational. The Lady Knights went 1-3 over the weekend to bring their overall record to 1-6 on the young season.
The Lady Knights’ first game at the Dragon Invitational and the Lady Knights played a little nervous getting onto the court although they had something to prove to themselves after a tough first weekend a week ago. They knew they could win, unfortunately nerves and lack of communication was their downfall. Head Coach Sam Amaral commented “One positive that did come out of this match was the ladies finally saw that they were not over their head and they could win. The girls fought hard and we were able to take one game from Montgomery.”
Statistically for CCRI Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) finished with 10 kills and two blocks followed by freshman Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) who finished with 16 digs and an ace. Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) had five kills and 17 digs while Co-Captain Lindsey Proulx (Warwick, RI) had four kills, 17 digs and a block. Rounding out the CCRI attack was Emily Taylor (South Kingston, RI) finished the game with 24 assists, an ace, three kills and 11 digs, Kayleigh Clauson (Wakefield, RI) had 31 digs and an ace while Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) finished with four blocks.
The CCRI Lady Knights were not 100% prepared for this D1 power house that ran a very fast offensive scheme. However, CCRI fought hard and did what they could against this very potent match-up. Making matters worse for CCRI was an injury to a frontlines starter which forced a substitution. Filling-in was freshman Samantha Archambault (North Smithfield, RI) who did well while gaining valuable experience an added two kills and two digs while Co-Captain Lindsey Proulx finished with three kills, two aces, and seven digs.
“This game was a very stressful game to say the least.” commented Coach Amaral “The girls came into the gym that morning determined to win, fighting hard against a very sound offensive team and there were many good moments to see as a coach as the Lady Knights played for the first time together as one cohesive unit…Game five was crazy! The game was to 15 and both teams fought hard, unfortunately for the Lady Knight made small mistakes and the game ended at 18-20. Both teams played great and fought hard.”
Delyn Pizzaro finished with 10 kills, an ace, and four blocks and Kayleigh Clauson had 29 digs and three aces. Sarah Keomorokot had eight kills and five aces including three in the fifth game to even the score 11-11. Lindsey Proulx had 18 digs and Emily Taylor had 28 assist, three aces, six digs, and a block while Ormarie Colon had 10 digs, a block, and four aces.
The Lady Knights go their first victory of the year in this three game sweep! “It was awesome to see the Lady Knights pull through and take one before going home. The girls fought hard for this win.” Said Coach Amaral after the CCRI scored their first victory.
Emily Taylor finished the game with 17 assist and six aces and Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro had four blocks, two aces, and six kills. Also helping CCRI to victory was Sarah Keomorokot who had 19 digs, Ormarie Colon added 11 digs and three aces. Rounding out the CCRI victorious effort was Kayleigh Clauson who had 14 digs and an ace and Hannah Derefaka came in for the last two plays of the game and made it count registering the final two points with a HUGE block and an emphatic Kill. Coach Amaral commented on the CCRI performance over the weekend “The Lady Knights learned a lot about themselves as each individual player and as a unit. We will now focus our attention on our match at New Hampshire Tech Wednesday.”
The Lady Knights travel to Concord, NH to play the Lynx of New Hampshire tech Wednesday at 6:00pm.
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