10.10.12: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Concord, NH to play the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute. The Lady Knights beat the Lynx in a best-of-five match in three straight games: 25-21, 25-18 and 25-19. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 12-4 on the season.
In the first game the Lady Knights came out very slowly. They were down a few points in the middle of the game and had to fight their way back out to finish the game at 25-21. With the strong offense of Co-Captain Paula Cadavid (Lincoln, RI), Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, FL) and Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) who had total 12 kills, they to fight back and win. Head Coach Samantha Amaral commented “It takes heart for girls to see that they are losing and still come out strong, and tell themselves that they will win this game.”
In the second game CCRI, once again, came out slowly due to an increase in hitting errors. They were just trying too hard and doing too much on the court. However with the strong defense from Paula Cadavid and Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, NC) who had 13 digs, and Janny Cabrera with three solo blocks the girls took control of game two winning 25-18.
In the third game the Lady Knight finally woke up. They were determined to finish the match in three games. Coach Amaral added “They played together and with tremendous heart. The girls were all strong across the board with a total of 12 kills that game.” The Lady Knights were led by the defense of Paula Cadavid, with seven digs and Haley Greenwood with six digs in addition to Janny Cabrera and Meagan Del Re with two blocks apiece, this effort helped them close out the match in three games 25-19.
The Lady Knight after the match showed a great deal of sportsmanship as one of NHTI middle hitter came down with a bad ankle injury and without direction after the game all of my players ran to her in the training room across the gym to wish her a fast recovery. Coach Amaral added “It was a proud and humbling moment for all who sat and watched it play out.”
Next up the Lady Knights will host No. 18 ranked (NJCAA DII volleyball poll) Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY at 3:00 pm Friday and will try and exact revenge on their loss for the past weekend, and according to Coach Amaral they have promised “not to go down without a fight.” The Lady Knights will also be having their “Dig Pink” event where they will be wearing pink to raise awareness for the fight against Breast Cancer.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.