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Lady Knights fall again to No. 18 Monroe College
The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted the No. 18 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Mustangs of Monroe College form New Rochelle, NY on Friday. The Lady Knights lost a best-of-five match in three games: 7-25, 13-25 and 21-25. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 12-5 on the season.
“What an upsetting night!” Commented CCRI Head Coach Samantha Amaral after the match was completed. The Lady Knights fell short once again to DII powerhouse Monroe College. “The first game was a mess!” she later added. “We just couldn't keep up with Monroe’s smart hitting. They found the weaknesses and pushed at it. With Monroe having 31 kills and only 16 errors the entire match the girls couldn't keep up.”
“Game three was a lot more uplifting.” Amaral later added. “We finally started to see what I knew the entire time...We can beat Monroe.” Smart serving throughout the team we pushed the Mustangs out of their system to make 10 hitting errors. CCRI was led by strong blocking by Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, RI) and Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) with five blocks and Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, FL) and strong team defense totaling 27 digs the Lady Knights pushed and saw the victory in sight. With the score 20-24 Monroe called a time out to regroup. The Lady Knights got a kill right after the time out by Cabrera making the score 21-24 Monroe, pushing the Mustangs to the brink, before a smart tip from an outside Monroe player which ended the game 21-25. Amaral later added “Once again we proved we can play with Monroe College when we play relaxed CCRI volleyball. We just need to bring it throughout the entire match and believe we can win.”
The Lady Knights have no time to rest as they head to Holyoke, Ma to play in the Holyoke Invite over the weekend and look to return to their winning ways.
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.