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Samantha Reyes
Head Coach

Will Amaral
Assistant Coach

Joe Pavone
Athletic Director

Kevin Salisbury
Team Administrator

Steve Rooney
Head Athletic Trainer

Main Office:
Flanagan Campus
Field House
Tel: 401-333-7318
Fax: 401-333-7339

About the Program


The CCRI women’s volleyball team has new coaches at the helm this season, Head Coach Samantha Reyes and Assistant Coach William Amaral. Reyes and Amaral began preseason with double sessions focusing on conditioning and fundamentals. The players eagerly accepted the challenge to learn new positions, new defenses and a new offense.

This year’s squad will be led by three humble and hard-working captains, Karla Santizo (Warwick, R.I.), Samantha Niquette (Coventry, R.I.) and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, R.I.). Santizo, a returning player who exhibits an infectiously positive attitude, is counted on to lead the team in challenging situations and encourage her teammates to keep fighting. Niquette is a hard worker who strives to become a better player at each practice. A strong leader, she is known to inspire her teammates to play their best. Piccirillo, who is known for arriving early to practice and staying late, plays setter and is the quarterback of the team. She has been given the task of running the squad’s fast-paced offense.

The coaching staff is confident the Lady Knights will go far this season. They are working to build a strong team that will be respected in many different areas on the court and in the classroom.


The CCRI volleyball team ended the 2010 season with a 9-15 overall record and 4-0 record versus Region XXI opponents. Having no Division II Region XXI opponents to compete against forced the squad to travel outside their region to play most games. This also prevented the team from having an opportunity to compete for a regional championship or All-Region selections. Despite these limitations, the Lady Knights had a successful season winning all of their matches in New England. The team will seek to improve on last year’s success and return to the district tournament in 2011.

One of the players to really step up as a freshman was Becky Short. She led the 2010 Lady Knights in hitting efficiency with 16.95 percent and in kills with 142 in 66 games. Short was second in digs with 137 in 66 games and aces with 22 in 66 games. In addition, she performed in the classroom earning an impressive 3.94 GPA for which she received the prestigious Joseph Andre Jr. Award at the 2011 CCRI Athletics Awards Ceremony.

Other key contributors on the 2010 squad include outside hitter Alanna Perry, middle blocker Libero Karla Santizo and setter Johnna Gulluscio. Perry added 77 digs, 69 kills, 14, aces, 12 assists and eight blocks. Santizo contributed 164 digs, 22 assists, 19 kills and 12 aces. Gulluscio added 26 digs and 18 assists.

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