Warwick, R.I. – April 4, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Club Volleyball team competed in the NECVL (New England Club Volleyball League) Championship this past weekend which took place at the University of New Hampshire. The Knights compete in D2 of the NECVL, and they entered the Championship tournament ranked 10th. After multiple games on Saturday and Sunday, the Knights finished the weekend in the sixth spot in the division.
2016 marked another year of very strong competition in the NECVL after they realigned the conferences into two divisions, making for more competitive matches in every tournament. CCRI is the only community college in their division and for good reasons, as the Knights always hold their own against the tough competition.
On Saturday, the Knights had a full four game plate on their hands. The first matchup was against the University of New England, a four year school from Maine. CCRI made quick work of them as the Knights took the first set 25-16 then the second 25-14, a very good start to the weekend for the Knights. Game two was against Westfield State, a four year school in Mass. The Knights won the first set 28-26 but could sustain their play, dropping the next two sets 14-25 and 17-19. The Knights third matchup was against Central Connecticut State (4-year school) and the Knights also dropped that game, 20-25 and 17-25. The Knights final game on Saturday was against Marist University, another four year school. The Knights ran out of steam by the end and lost the first two sets.
The Knights victory in game one was just enough to sneak them into the eight seed, which keeps the, alive to play on Sunday as the nine and ten seeds are dropped.
The Knights first matchup on Sunday was against one of their rivals, Bryant University. CCRI could not beat their rivals on this day as they dropped the sets 21-25 and 13-25. The Knights kept on playing though as they won their first matchup in the silver bracket versus UConn. The Knights won the first two sets 25-19 and 27-25. The Knights then had to face New Haven for their seventh game in two days. The Knights still fought hard though as they took New Haven to three sets after winning the second one 25-20, but finally fell 11-15 in the final set.
The Knights defense was the key all weekend as it was led by Brian Lamoureux (North Smithfield, RI), Manny Pickering (Warwick, RI) and Patrick Carlson (South Kingstown, RI). The defense kept the ball alive plenty enough for Peng Lee (Providence, RI) and Eric Silveira (Pawtucket, RI) to do their jobs as setters and run the team with 138 combined assists. This led to many kill opportunities for guys like Eric Towne (Riverside, RI), 36 kills, Jonathan Menard (West Warwick, RI), 26 kills, Jake Johnson (Warwick, RI), 31 kills, and Derek Lewis (Boston, MA), 31 kills. The front row also ended with 41 blocks for points.
The Knights will now head-off to the National Tournament for the second consecutive year, this year they will be traveling to Louisville, KY. The National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Championship Tournament will be held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Grounds April 7th-9th.
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.