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Lady Knights Finish Second at Dragon Invitational!
Lady Knights Finish Second at Dragon Invitational!
Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The CCRI Lady Knights' volleyball team traveled to Columbia, MD to compete in the Howard Community College Dragon Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Lady Knights defeated the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex (CCBC-Essex) 23-25, 25-14, 25-22 and 25-23 then defeated Potomac State College of West Virginia 25-16, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-20 giving them a perfect 2-0 record for the day. On Sunday the Lady Knights defeated the host school Dragons of Howard Community College 25-12, 25-16 and 25-18. This put the Lady Knights into the Tournament finals against the Knights of Montgomery-Rockville. The Lady Knights lost a hard-fought five game battle with Rockville 25-23, 19-25, 24-26, 26-24 and 14-16. After going 3-1 on the weekend the Lady Knights finished in second place. In addition the Lady Knights had three student-athletes earned All-Tournament honors they were: Tri-Captain Libero Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI), Sophomore Outside Hitter Becky Short (Gloucester, RI) and Freshman Outside Hitter Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI).
Saturday Dragon Invite re-cap
The first game for the Lady Knights was against CCBC-Essex. The Lady Knights started a little slowly but, in the end they were able to come together and secure the victory. As the match began CCRI's passing off and really made them relay on our outside hitters Beck Short and Annie Ragan, as well as right side hitter Paula Cadavid Palacio (Lincoln, RI). Many of the teams CCRI played did not utilize their right side but the Lady Knights used it as one of their primary offensive tools she was unstoppable. Paula tallied 10 kills, two blocks and two aces. Annie stats were just as impressive with 14 kills, a block, and two aces followed by Becky who racked up 11 kills, 10 digs and two aces.
The second game was versus Potomac State and may have been highlight of the weekend. CCRI started down by 10 points and not only came back to tie the game but to win the match. They were loud as they went up two games to zero and even when they lost the third game they knew it was not over as they came back to win the fourth game 25-20 secure the victory. Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) led the way from the middle in her first year ever playing middle. She was a force in the middle making sure the other team never got an easy hit. Alanna got many block helping the Lady Knights to gain the kill. Head Coach Samantha Reyes commented "I was very impressed with Alanna's attitude and her overall performance today. In addition, Karla Santizo played great as a Libero not allowing any ball to drop. Karla was the voice the team needed to make sure they played together. As coaches, Bill (Amaral) and I saw our team come together and our players are starting to see what we have seen in practice. We could not be more proud of them and the way they played."
Sunday Playoff re-cap
The Lady Knights started in the semi-finals by defeating host Dragons of Howard Community College in straight games 25-12, 25-16 and 25-18. After defeating the Dragons the Lady Knights had to face the Knights of Montgomery-Rockville in the finals. This match was always as close as two points and the Lady Knights never gave up. They won the first game 25-23 then lost the second and third 19-25 and 24-26 before coming back to win the fourth 26-24 and falling in the final 14-16 a hard fought game that the Lady Knights were just narrowly edged.
Coach Reyes added after the tournament "Our girls played amazing this weekend. Yes we would have like to come in first and my heart feels like we should have won, but the girls really came together as team and push through even when they were down. I think the hardest thing to do in a game is when your down by 12 to 15 point to not give up and still think you are going to win. The girls did just that they were down by eight to 10 points not only did they tie the game but they came back to beat them.
Earning All-tournament honors were: Tri-Captain Libero Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI), Sophomore Outside Hitter Becky Short (Gloucester, RI) and Freshman Outside Hitter Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI). Santizo led the Lady Knights with 102 digs while adding five kills, four aces and an assist; Short added 58 digs, 45 kills, four aces, 2.5 blocks and an assist while hitting at a 26.1% hitting efficiency rate; Ragan hit at a 25% efficiency rate while leading the Lady Knights with 68 kills, 66 digs, seven aces, two assists and 17 blocks.
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