Club Volleyball Goes 4-1 in Conference Tournament!
Warwick, R.I. – February 18, 2020: The CCRI Knights men’s club volleyball team hosted their first conference competition of the 2020 season on Saturday afternoon at Coventry high school. CCRI played fantastically, going 4-1 in their five matches against conference opposition. The solid day improves CCRI’s season record to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
CCRI’s Match Scores;
URI - won - 25-11, 28-26
University of New Haven - won - 24-26, 25-20, 15-11
Southern New Hampshire University - won - 25-7, 25-14
Curry College - won - 25-11, 25-12
Marist College - lost- 15-25, 20-25
The Knights came into their second competition of the 2020 season this past Saturday. Their first invitational was a great kickstart to the season. As they went 5-1 losing their only match in the final to UConn. This past weekend had similar successes as the Knights played solid volleyball all morning and afternoon. Every match was settled in two sets apart from their win against University of New Haven (UNH) that was won in the third.
Tight wins against UNH and URI proved this teams has what it takes to win against big competition. Marist College gave the biggest test of all where the experience of the older team came through and the Knights would fall 25-15 and 25-20.
CCRI was led by sophomore Abu Kamara (Providence, RI) with 16 kills, 12 aces and four blocks. Sophomore Ryan Casci (South Kingstown, RI) was outstanding offensively at the net with 26 kills, nine aces and one block. Sophomore Maxwell Laiter (Warwick, RI) produced 16 kills and four blocks on the day. Freshman Brandon Parton (Coventry, RI) matched Laiter with 16 kills while adding two aces and two blocks.
Head Coach Anne-Marie Balboni commented: “We played well for today. I knew it was going to be a challenge and Marist, URI and University of New Haven would be strong competition. We trained all week for not only stamina but how to win a match when down by double digit points. That training was time well spent and we pulled off a 4-1 day. We travel to Curry College on the 29th to face the equally fierce teams of UConn, Scared Heart University and Williams University.”
The CCRI Knights men’s club volleyball team will next be in action on Saturday, February 29th at 9:00 a.m. as they travel to Curry College in Milton, MA for another multi-match weekend.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 10 varsity, four club programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.