Lady Knights Spike Their Way to Region XXI Title!
Warwick, R.I. –October 25, 2021: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team travelled to Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA on Saturday to compete in the Region XXI Volleyball Championship. The Lady Knights entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and defeated No. 3 seed Massasoit CC in the semifinals: 25-23, 21=25, 23-25, 25-16 &15=11. CCRI advanced to the Championship match where the defeated No. 1 seed Northern Essex CC: 25-27, 25-16, 21-25, 27-25 & 15-11.
The Lady Knights entered the Region XXI Championship with a 5-3 record and were the No. 2 seed and faced the Warriors of Massasoit Community College. The Lady Knights had beaten the Warriors in both of their previous meetings on October 5th and 9th 3-1. Their meeting in the Region XXI Semifinals would be a much closer contest. CCRI won the first game by the narrow margin of 25-23. The Warriors stormed back to take the next two games 25-21 and 25-23 leaving the Lady Knights one game from elimination. However, CCRI was far from ready to quit. In the fourth game CCRI came out with tremendous focus and determination to win by the comfortable margin of 25-16 to force a fifth game tiebreaker. The Lady Knights once again we up to the task and won the match with a 15-11 victory in the fifth game to take the match 3-2.
Every player for the Lady Knights played well in the semifinal match with every player contributing to the victory. Leading the way for CCRI was co-captain Madison Capwell (Coventry, RI) with a team-high 16 kills, with 16 digs, two solo block and three service aces. Courtney Essex (South Kingstown, RI) also had a very good match with 14 kills, a solo block and three aces. Co-captain Kelsey Conway (Coventry, RI) directed the Lady Knights offense with precision with 49 assists, six, kills, a solo block and an ace. Savanna Martinez (Central Falls, RI) added six kills, 16 digs, a solo block, and an ace. Freshman Kara Cournoyer (Burrillville, RI) was excellent defensively with 27 digs while adding two aces and while Freshman Libero Aliana Winn (Lincoln, RI) led CCRI with 38 digs and three aces.
CCRI advanced to the Region XXI Championship match where they faced No. 1 seed Northern Essex. CCRI had yet to defeat the top seed losing 3-1 September 21st and 3-2 October 2nd. CCRI was looking for their first victory versus the Blue Knights and were not going to let anything deter them for earning the Region XXI title. The Lady Knights dropped the first game 27-25 but rallied to win the second game 25-16. Northern Essex battled back on their home court to take the third set 25-21. In the fourth game it was gut check time as the Lady Knights found themselves trailing 20-14 as the stared elimination in the face. However, CCRI dig deep to win the fourth game 27-25 in dramatic fashion to set-up the fifth game tiebreaker. CCRI took the tiebreaker 15-11 to earn their first Region XXI Championship since 2016.
Once again it was a tremendous team effort that brought home the Region Title for the Lady Knights. Co-captain Madison Capwell (Coventry, RI) led the way with 15 kills, 19 digs and an ace. Co-captain Kelsey Conway (Coventry, RI) did a little bit of everything with 10 kills, 37 assists, three aces and 16 digs. Courtney Essex (South Kingstown, RI) had seven kills, two solo blocks, an ace and six digs. Savanna Martinez (Central Falls, RI) had five kills, 36 digs and three aces. Taysia Hatch (Riverside, RI) had six kills a team-high three solo blocks. Libero Aliana Winn (Lincoln, RI) added 25 digs and three aces for the Lady Knights.;
The Lady Knights advance to the Northeast District Championship at Queensborough Community College in Queens, NY on Saturday October 30th. Their first match of the District Championship will be versus Region XV No. 2 seed Rockland Community College at 12noon. If they win their first match, they will earn a berth to the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Rochester, MN. In addition, The Lady Knights will face the Region XV No. 1 seed Queensborough Community College in the Championship match which will be held at 4:00pm. The winner of the Northeast District Championship will receive the higher seed at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in Rochester, MN November 11th-13th.
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