The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team travelled to New Rochelle, NY to take part in the New York Classic hosted by Monroe College. On Saturday CCRI faced Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA CC) and DI power Harford Community College (HCC). The Lady Knights fell to NOVA CC 0-3 and HCC 0-3. With the losses the Lady Knights’ record falls to 4-12 on the season.
In the first game the Lady Knights were playing timidly while making mistakes they have never made. Head Coach Sam Amaral commented “I think as we began this match we were trying a little too hard. However, in the third game I started to see my Lady Knights play their game. We were talking, moving, playing like the team I knew. We fought to the end. Unfortunately we make some mistakes at the end of the game which gave NOVA the win.”
Statistically for CCRI Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro (Homestead, FL) finished the match with four kills and three blocks also helping CCRI was sophomore Sarah Keomorokot (Pawtucket, RI) who had eight digs and Hannah Derefaka (West Warwick, RI) added three kills.
Wow this was a different team. CCRI played much better this time around. CCRI played Harford back at the Dragon Invite at Howard CC earlier in the year and fell 16-25, 13-25 and 11-25. The Lady Knights didn't let the previous HCC loss get in their heads. The CCRI made Harford work for this win. Unfortunately once again the Lady Knights made too many mistakes late in the game, allowing HCC back in the game for the win.
Co-Captain Delyn Pizzaro finished with eight kills and four blocks. Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) had four aces and 15 assist and five digs. Co-Captain Lindsey Proulx (Warwick, RI) had six digs and four assist. While Kayleigh Clauson (Wakefield, RI) had an ace and 15 digs and Hannah Derefaka finished the day with her best hitting performance of seven kills with a .214 %.
The Lady Knights will play again Sunday the 28th at 8am versus Delaware Technical Community College and 12:30pm versus Potomac State Community College.
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