The CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team traveled to Rockville, MD to Montgomery College to play in a tri-match versus Montgomery College and Potomac State College from Keyser, WV on Saturday. The Lady Knights split the tri-match defeating Montgomery College 26-24, 28-26 and 25-15 but then fell to Potomac State College 21-15, 25-27 and 21-25. With the split the Lady Knights move to 11-4 on the season.
The Lady Knights were very tired from the long trip to Maryland but they were ready to win. The girls had to fight in the first set. Montgomery did very well finding the holes in the court, and exposing CCRI’s weaknesses the first few points of this game. The Lady Knights were not going to let this bring them down. Head Coach Sam Amaral called a time out told her team “This was when you needed to play like a team and come together.” The Lady Knights did just that and were able to win 26-24. Tope first set performers included: Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) who finished game one with nine kills, one solo block while Alyssa Salinas (Corpus Christi, TX) who finished the game with 13 assist, and Chelsea O’Connor (Pawtucket, RI) finished the set with two kills.
Once again CCRI had to fight for every point. The Lady Knights fought through being down by nine points in the beginning of the set to come back and win 28-26 in dramatic fashion. Coach Amaral commented “It takes a strong team to come up from a deafest of 9+ and win with the confidence as if they were up by 20 every point.” Janny had nine kills, three digs and one solo block, Jincy Phann (Cranston, RI) finished with three digs and only solo block, and Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, NC) was a force on the service line getting three aces in a row. In addition, Alyssa had seven digs and nine assists while Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) had one kill and shared a block with Omayra.
“The Lady Knights needed to start playing their game not Montgomery’s.” commented Coach Amaral. CCRI went on the court determined to show PSC and MC who they really were, and ultimately they succeeded in doing so to finish out the match. Janny finished with four kills and hit .500, 7 digs and one block. Omayra Corchado (Isabela, PR) had three kills also hitting 50% efficiency, three digs and a half a block. Jincy had two aces and three digs. Alyssa had nine assist, three kills also hitting 50% efficiency, and ending with six digs.
Coach Amaral added “For this weekend we practiced all week to play the best we could. Could we have played a little better? Yes! Did the girls play hard? Absolutely! We finished this weekend determined to get better and play harder on Monday against Monroe, Bronx.”
Coach Amaral commented: “This match was tough to watch as a coach. I know our girls could have played better than they did. She added. The Lady Knights matched their opponents’ game intensity which was unfortunately very low with little fight. Untimely errors were the difference in this match.”
Janny had two aces, 15 kills, seven digs and four blocks followed by Corchado with an ace, 11 kills and 22 digs, and Phann finished with one ace, three kills, and seven digs. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was Greenwood who had 20 digs, O’Connor with nine digs, Salinas had 32 assists and 14 digs, and Pizzaro had two kills, and three solo blocks.
Coach Amaral commented after the tri-match “There isn't much to say about this game other than the Lady Knights will be better prepared for Monday’s game against Monroe College. I am proud of the girls for the way they played as a team and used what they learned in practice during the game. The thing I am proud of the most was the way the girls fought back to win games.”
The Lady Knights travel to New Rochelle, NY Monday to play the No. 14 ranked (NJCAA DII volleyball poll) Mustangs of Monroe College at 3:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.