The CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team hosted the no. 13 ranked (NJCAA DII volleyball poll) Mustangs of Monroe College on Friday night. The Lady Knights fell to the Mustangs in three straight but close games: 19-25, 18-25 and 19-25. With the loss the Lady Knights’ record falls to 11-6 on the season.
CCRI vs. No. 13 Monroe College: 19-25, 18-25, and 19-25
This match was amazing to watch. Both teams battled neck and neck the entire game and this was by far the best that the CCRI Lady Knights have played under the Amaral coaching staff. The Lady Knights wanted to win very badly and very few balls hit the floor without a Lady Knight diving to the court after it.
CCRI’s blocking was a force as was Tri-Captain Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) who midway through the first set hit a shoot set down the line and inside the three meter line with such force that Monroe's setter got hit in the chest off the bounce! Cabrera’s and Omayra Corchado’s (Isabela, PR) attacking and defense set the tone for entire match which helped the other Lady Knights step there game up to push Monroe to the brink. The difference, just a few untimely errors that helped the Mustangs edge out the Lady Knights in three straight sets.
The key statistics were: Cabrera had 13 kills, a block and 14 digs followed by Corchado who had five kills, 14 digs and was almost on perfect serve and receive. Jincy Phann (Cranston, RI) also contributed with eight huge digs and two assists, Tri-Captain Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, NC) had an ace and seven digs and Alyssa Salinas (Corpus Christie, TX) had two kills, 16 assists and 12 digs. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) with two kills and four solo blocks and Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) had an ace and 10 digs.
The Lady Knights have not time to rest with a match versus No. 10 ranked (NJCAA DIII volleyball poll) Sharks of Suffolk County Community College Saturday at 9:00am.
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.