The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball traveled to Garden City, NY to begin their season at the Nassau County College Invitational. Unfortunately, the Lady Knights did not fare well losing their three matches. First they fell to Niagara County Community College 6-25 and 22-25, their second match to the host Nassau 18-25 and 19-25 and the third to Onondaga Community College 16-25 and 21-25. With the three losses the Lady Knights begin the season 0-3.
This weekend was a tough one for CCRI. After only starting our season only a few short weeks ago they had our game plan cut out for us but did not execute it, losing every game this weekend over little mistakes. Head Coach Sam Amaral commented “I could see how nervous the girls were entering the gym. We have three returners and had to count on our freshman to really pull through.” She later added “On a positive note our ladies never gave up. They learned and got better through each match we played. And only one team in that gym that really beat us. We beat ourselves the rest of the games with errors behind the service line and serve receive.”
Some statistical highlights for the first match included sophomore Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) the second game with three aces, four digs while freshman Kayleigh Clauson (Wakefield, RI) added four aces and seven digs.
In the second match the Lady Knights began to shine, getting better with their communication and reaction time was getting better. Once again with our own errors we lost the lead and allowed Nassau to take the lead and win the game. Overall, it was a better game for CCRI showing much improvement. Statistically, Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) had four kills and two blocks and Co-Captain Lindsey Proulx (Warwick, RI) had two aces and six digs. Also helping the Lady Knights was Sophomore Samantha Archambault (North Smithfield, RI) with one ace and 6 digs, Clauson had 10 digs and Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) had one block and two kills.
The CCRI coaching staff began to see their efforts begin to sink in what they had been teaching them for the past weeks. Coach Amaral commented “The girls worked very hard in this game! I was very proud of the Lady Knights this game as far as our defense is concerned. Sarah (Keomorokot) played very well this game and when she was in the back row she would not allow a ball to drop without her body hitting the floor after it.” She later added “It was really nice to see Samantha (Archambault) take everything she learned in practice and use it this game. I could see things start clicking for Sam this game. She knew it and so did I. She did great this game.”
Statistically Keomorokot had two kills and seven digs while Proulx had one kill and five digs. Archambault had one ace, four kills and six digs. Also helping CCRI was Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) had one ace and 11 assist and Clauson had two kills and five digs. Rounding out match for CCRI was Derefaka who had two kills and one block and freshman April Von (Providence, RI) came into the match and added two aces.
The Lady Knights will be back in the gym Monday afternoon for a scrimmage with Rhode Island College. They will look to improve next weekend when they travel to Columbia, MD to compete I the Howard Community College Dragon Invitational Saturday and Sunday.
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.