Warwick, R.I. – September 21, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted five teams to the Flanagan Campus for the 2015 CCRI Volleyball Classic. CCRI hosted the following teams for the two-day tournament: Bunker Hill Community College from Charlestown, MA, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) from New York, NY, DI power Harford Community College from Bel Air MD, Howard Community College from Columbia, MD, and New Hampshire Institute of Technology (NHTI) from Concord, NH. On the first day the Lady Knights went 2-2 beating Bunker Hill and NHTI but falling to Howard and Harford.
The Lady Knights had the first match of the Tournament and it showed as they were not in top form to begin the day. Head Coach Samantha Amaral commented “It was the first match to start off the CCRI Classic. The girls came out ready to fight for their home court, unfortunately our serve receive was our downfall this game.” Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, MA) finished the match with four Kills, nine Digs and an Ace. Sophia Mazzocca (Lakeville, MA) was a force at the net with six kills. Rounding out the CCRI statistical leaders of the first match were Co-Captain Hailey Smith (Cumberland, RI) had two kills and one Assist and Co-Captain Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) added 15 assist for the match.
Once again CCRI began slowly but gained momentum as the match progressed. As Coach Amaral commented “We once again began a little slow to start the match. We were quiet and still not playing to their full potential. However with some key aces, kills and digs our Lady Knights were able to take the win.” Co-Captain Emily Taylor finishes with 16 Assists while Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) had three Kills and five Digs. Sophomore Victoria Parente (Johnston, RI) finished with three kills and one ace. Once again, Sophia Mazzocca was a powerhouse. On the service line she had seven Aces while adding six Kills and two Digs.
Unlike the first two matches the Lady Knights came out on fire but then could not closeout the very tough DI squad from Harford. Coach Amaral commented “I think these are the games that are really frustrating to watch as a coach. My Lady Knights came out ready and wanting to win. They were talking, running after balls and servicing aggressive. I was so proud and hopeful that we were going to take this game in two. The frustrating part about this game was going into game two and three. The Lady Knights lost their momentum and Harford wasn’t going down without a fight. Harford came back and with some aggressive service and key kill they took both game two and three from the lady Knights.” Sophia Mazzocca finished with five Kills and one Dig. Ormarie Colon finished with two kills and six digs. Emily Taylor played very well and finished with 14 assists, an assisted block and one solo block while adding five digs and two aces. Mackenzie Easterbrooks (Plainville, MA) finished with five digs and Amanda LaCroix finished with five kills, an ace and 10 digs.
In a must win match the Lady Knights showed up in a big way winning the match in two straight over a tough NHTI squad. Coach Amaral commented “We went into this game knowing that we needed to win to put ourselves in a sport where they could make it to play offs the next day. I told the girls right before the match started that they needed to fight hard for this game, that no team was just going to give them a win. The Lady Knights went into this game ready to fight hard and ready to win.” With that, the mistakes that happened earlier with serve receive and hitting errors were minimized and CCRI started to play better the ball. Amanda LaCroix finished the game with four Kills, two Aces and seven digs. Sophomore April Von (Providence, RI) had three aces, six digs and two assist. Alexis Mirabile (Cranston, RI) finished with one kill. Co-Captain Emily Taylor had 13 Assists, one Kill and Five digs and Co-Captain Hailey Smith had one block and two kills. Lastly, Sophia Mazzocca had five kills and one block while Victoria Parente had four digs.
The Lady Knights continue play Sunday in the 2015 CCRI classic at the CCRI Flanagan Fieldhouse in Lincoln, RI beginning at 9:00am.
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