11.04.12: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to compete in the Division II Northeast District Volleyball Championship over the weekend. The teams in the tournament were: The Hawks of Delaware Technical Community College-Terry, from Dover, DE; the Cougars of Genesee Community College, from Batavia, NY and the hosting Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY. On Saturday the Lady Knights defeated the Hawks 3-0 before falling to the Mustangs 3-0. On Sunday the Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 3-1 before falling to the eventual District Champion Mustangs of Monroe College 3-0. However, the Lady Knights finish their season with an impressive record of 25-8.
Saturday November 3rd:
CCRI vs. Delaware Technical College: 25-14, 25-19, and 25-14
CCRI vs. Monroe Community College: 11-25, 12-25, and 14-25
Sunday November 4th
District Semi Finals
CCRI vs. Genesee: 13-25, 25-22, 25-17, and 25-19
CCRI vs. Monroe: 16-25, 10-25, and 13-25
Head Coach Samantha Amaral commented after the tournament: “Wow, what an amazing season! This weekend we came in as the underdogs in Districts and we ended up being a finalist. I could not have been any more proud of my girls. This weekend took a lot out of my girls emotionally and physically. They wanted this more than I can explain in words and honestly I feel they were the most deserving. It was a Cinderella story that just didn't have the ending we all hope for.”
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captains Paula Cadavid (Lincoln, RI) and Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI) who played with all their heart. In the semi-finals Paula had 20 kills, 22 digs, two solo blocks, one assisted block, and six service aces, with five of those aces coming in game four! Coach Amaral added “She truly led by example. She was ON FIRE! If you could have seen her play, every time she hit all three coaches would get up off their chairs screaming. It was so exciting! She wanted it so bad!”
Also in the semi-final Annie had 34 assists four kills, three assisted blocks, an ace, and six digs. She fed off her teammates and with her excitement really pushed the team to win after losing 13-25 in the first game and will it all! Amaral added “Annie led this team with heart. She was a true captain with her leadership by example, her heart and spirit in every game and practice.”
Amaral later added “Let me put things into perspective on how each girl played this weekend for the Lady Knights: Annie had a total of 84 assist, 13 kills, 33 digs, two blocks, three assisted blocks and four aces Paula had nine assists, 40 kills, 60 digs, four blocks, an assisted block, and nine service aces, Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) had one assist, 31 kills, 51 digs, 11 solo blocks, one assisted block, and four aces I was so blessed to have such an amazing hitter this year. She played lights out this weekend and would play some great defense. It is rare to have a middle hitter who also plays defense like a Libero. I can't wait to see how much she grows next season as an outside hitter. Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, FL) had a total of one assist, 11 kills, 10 digs, five blocks, three assisted blocks, and three aces. Let me tell you when this kid gets a kill or block she gets so excited and in one single moment she can pump her team up for the game.”
She continued “Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ) had nine kills, a dig, five solo blocks, and two assisted blocks. I had a conversation before our semi-final game and told Jenna that I needed her to bring it today. We needed a right side that would shut down their big hitters down and let me tell you she played the best game of her life! During Monroe their offense was so much fast than we have practiced, as coaches we adjusted Jenna during a time out and the play right after the time out Jenna got the biggest solo block with their strongest hitter. We all screamed with excitement! I was so proud. Chelsea O’Connor (Pawtucket, RI) had an assist, seven kills, 38 digs, and four aces. She played lights out in the back row. There were some hard hitters at this tourney and I loved it when she would run almost split to get the ball and make a perfect pass to Annie. She didn't let anything drop without her body hitting the floor. Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, NC) had an assist, 34 digs. She was my leader in the back row during the semi-finals. She would make these amazing digs with some of the hardest hits. Zorymar Nieves (Pawtucket, RI) added 15 digs and four aces! She had some great pick-ups when we needed it the most. I am so proud of whom she is and the player she became. This year was an amazing season as a coach to see all of my players grow to the players they are. You can't coach passion and let me tell you the one thing these girls we not lacking was passion. I am so proud of you girls and thank you for such an amazing season!”
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