The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team continued hosting the CCRI Volleyball Classic on Sunday morning as they moved into the pay-off round with a bye as the No.3 seeded team. The Lady Knights will face the winner of the NHTI vs Bunker Hill match and if they win that match they will advance to the final to face the winner of the Genesee CC vs. FIT match to decide the winner of the CCRI classic. The Lad Knights defeated NHTI to advance to the final but fell to eventual Classic champion Genesee CC.
The Lady Knights wanted this game and came into the gym Sunday morning prepared for an intense battle. The Lady Knights knew they deserved to get into the finals and really wanted to face Genesee one more time. CCRI came out loud and proud and really began to play like a cohesive unit. “I am very proud as a coach to start to see our team get it. The girls in game two lost their moment because NHTI was not about to give up that easily. After losing the game two the Lady Knight regrouped in games three and four and fought hard and started to play more like the team I knew. They were excited to finally know they were in the finals to prove to themselves they are a great team” said Head Coach Sam Amaral.
Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) finished with an ace, nine kills and 19 digs followed by Kayleigh Clauson (South Kingstown, RI) with an ace, a kill and 35 digs. Also playing very well for CCRI was Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) who had two aces, five kills and 18 digs and Delyn Pizzaro (homestead, FL) finished with two blocks and 11 kills while Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) added six kills.
The Lady Knights wanted to prove they not only could win but they were the better team after being swept 2-0 on the first day of the classic to Genesee. “The girls were thinking too much and trying to be prefect when good would have been good enough. The girls learned a lesson that they will have to earn the respect of the teams they play against. Respect is not always given to you” commented Coach Amaral. She later added “However, in game three I saw a lot of good things. The girls played like a team, they girls fought together and didn’t let the score or their opponent get into their heads. They were smiling and positive. They fought all the way through to the end. It is always nice to see that, it takes a lot of maturity to just play the game and not worry about mistakes or score. They just played.”
Statistically, Delyn Pizzaro finished with seven kills followed by Ormarie Colon with an ace and three kills while Hannah Derefaka finished with six kills.
Next weekend the Lady Knights will travel to Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY for the New York Classic Tournament beginning at 9am each day.
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.