Warwick, R.I. – August 24, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY to play in the Nassau Community College Invitational. The Lady Knights played four matches in total and went 1-3 on the weekend to begin the season 1-3 overall.
Match 1 versus Monroe College: 12-25 and 18-25
In their first match of the season the Lady Knights drew the very talented Division I Mustangs of Monroe College. The Lady Knights came out a little nervous. However CCRI was able to pull it together against a very strong Mustangs squad. The first game was a little rough the Lady Knights e made a lot of unforced errors. In the second game two CCRI played much better. The Lady Knights began to realize that not only could they play with the Mustangs but they could beat them as well. The Lady Knights fought hard all the way to the end but came up just a bit short falling by the final count of 18-25. CCRI Head Coach Samantha Amaral commented: “I was very proud of my girls during game two. Little errors and some great hitting by Monroe was the reason why we lost. At the end of the day I am very proud of how these young ladies played together and fought together.”
Leading the way for CCRI I the first match was freshman Hailey Smith (Cumberland, RI) who played great up at the net with three very crucial blocks and one kill. Sophomore Captain Setter Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) also did well with a kill, four assists and six digs. Libero Kayleigh Clausen (Wakefield, RI) was a strong force in the back row with three aces and three digs. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was Amanda La Croix (East Freetown, MA) who led the team with seven digs, adding two kills and one block.
Match 2 versus Molloy: 9-25 and 12-25
The Lady Knights had a difficult game against Molloy. CCRI, did however, show glimmers of greatness even though they struggled to obtain a victory. Amanda La Croix led the team with two Kills, 16 digs, and an Ace while Kayleigh Clausen added 12 digs.
Match 3 versus Nassau CC: 13-25 and 18-25
The Lady Knights showed great motivation against the tournament host Nassau Community College. In game one the Knights struggled as the previous match dwelled heavily on their minds. However they began to fight back in game two ignited by a serving run from Captain Emily Taylor who also added six assists. The team then came to life as Amanda La Croix led the way with six kills and 20 digs. Also helping CCRI was Kayleigh Clausen with nine digs and Ormarie Colon (Providence, RI) added two kills and seven digs.
Match 4 versus Onondaga CC: 19-25, 25-23 and 15-13
The Lady Knights walked onto the court determined to end the tournament with success, however Onondaga was not going to give them this win without a fight taking this match to three games. Onondaga came out strong in the first game to win a narrow 19-25 victory. The Lady Knights then turned up their level of play with critical serving runs by both Ormarie Colon and Amanda La Croix, along with crucial solo blocks by their middles Hailey Smith and Dominique Baron (Middletown, RI). CCRI also played amazing defense led by La Croix with 27 digs and Clausen with 21 digs. Offensively CCRI was led by Ormarie Colon with seven kills followed by Baron with five kills and Smith with three kills. Taylor set most of the kills and ended the match with 18 assists.
The Lady Knights will be spending the next two weeks fine tuning their skills in preparation of the Dragon Invitation September 5th and 6th. Coach Amaral added these comments on the Lady Knights’ first tournament: “Overall this weekend was a great weekend for the Lady Knights. They have learned very quickly how to fight as a team, how to play as a team and most importantly how to win as a team. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I am very confident that the Lady Knight will be a team to beat this year in Districts.”
The Lady Knights next game will be the weekend of September 5th wand 6th when they travel to Howard Community College in Columbia, MD to compete in the Dragon Invite.
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