The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Rockville, MD to play in a tri-match versus the Raptors of Montgomery College (Rockville) and the Catamounts of Potomac State College of WVU. The Lady Knights lost two very competitive matches: 2-3 versus Montgomery and 0-3 versus Potomac State. With the two losses the Lady Knights end their season with a 6-21 overall record.
“Wow this game was intense! I thought our girls played so great.” commented Head Coach Sam Amaral. She added: “In games one and two the Lady Knights had to fight hard to win, playing as a team and looking confident. The lady knights were determined to win the last two official games of the season.” However, in games three and four Montgomery College came out playing with vengeance while the Lady Knights struggled to defend their middle hitter and lost both games. At the beginning of game five CCRI got their fire back again and though it was an exciting game and match to watch the last game to 15 went back and forth until the Lady Knights lost 18-20. Coach Amaral later added: “I am proud of our Lady Knights especially Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) who was amazing behind the service line with seven aces while adding 39 assists, seven kills, 19 digs and a block.” Also helping the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) who had 11 kills and three blocks, Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) had six kills, three digs and a block, Co-Captain Lindsey Proulx (Warwick, RI) had five assist, 13 kills and 24 digs while Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) had four aces, two assist, six kills and 20 digs.
This was a tough match for the Lady Knights. After playing a very intense five game match they had to get right back on the court for a game with Potomac. Though CCRI wanted to win badly, there were too many missed serves and hitting errors for the Lady Knights.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) who had two aces, four kills and 14 digs followed by Delyn Pizzaro who had five kills and two blocks. Also helping CCRI was Sarah Keomorokot who had three kills and nine digs, while Kayleigh Clauson (Wakefield, RI) had 15 digs.
Head Coach Sam Amaral summed up her season with a few final words: “I have to say as a coach this year we had a tough go at it, however I am still very proud of each and every one of my girls. They came such a long way in such a short amount of time. The girls became family and feel back in love with this sport. You can’t coach passion but these last few games I was able to see the passion and fire they had for the CCRI Lady Knights. Our season maybe over but you haven’t heard the last of the Lady Knights. They are already talking about defending their name next season on the court. Girls I am so proud of each one of you and the players, students and women you have become.” Coach Amaral also talked about her sophomores by adding: “To my sophomores I will you all the best of luck next year. It was my absolute honor to coach you these last two year and we as a coaching staff will truly miss you passion and fire on the court next year. Good luck in all of your future endeavors!”
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.