Warwick, R.I. – November 9, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Bryn Mawr, PA on Saturday to face off against Harcum College in the NJCAA DII District finals. The Lady Knights fought hard but Harcum was a very tough opponent to face at home. Harcum went into the match with a 25-5 record on the year and an impressive 7-0 at home. The Lady Knights played three close games by the scores of 20-25, 18-25, and 24-26. The Lady Knights lost the best of five match to end their season. The Lady Knights finished 2014 with a 6-21 record and failed to make the playoffs. This 2015 season was a big turnaround for them as they finished the season with an impressive 15-8 record and a district tournament finish.
Head Coach Sam Amaral had this to say about her team’s season “I am very, very proud of my girls, we came from ground zero with this team and we ended our season playing the District tournament. The girls went down swinging and fought hard till the end. We made some great adjustments during the match but poorly timed errors and missed hits cost us against a very good opponent who took full advantage of our errors.”
Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, MA) had an impressive day for the Lady Knights. LaCroix finished with 14 kills, 17 digs, one assist and one ace. Coach Amaral added this on LaCroix’s day, “Amanda had an absolutely amazing day, she truly led the team and controlled the game when she was part of the play, and she was my MVP for the game.
Sophomore Tri-Captain Emily Taylor (South Kingstown, RI) also had a solid game for the Lady Knights. Taylor posted a stat line that included 29 assists, 13 digs, one ace, one kill and one block. Sophia Mazzocca (Lakeville, MA) finished with eight kills, one block and one assist for the Lady Knights.
Coach Amaral also gave praise to Alexis Mirabile (Cranston, RI), saying “Alexis was a key blocker in this game. We saw a very strong outside hitter and Alexis was able to stop a lot of the hits from her.” Mirabile finished with four kills, one dig and one block.
Sophomore Tri-Captain Kayleigh Clauson (Wakefield, RI) and Mackenzie Easterbrooks (Plainville, MA) were able to anchor the Knights from the back row and picked up a lot of hits, finishing with a combined 18 digs between the two.
Coach Amaral finished off by saying this “I really wished we would have taken this game but everything happens for a reason. The freshmen are very excited to come back next year with a vengeance and become district champs. You haven’t seen the last of these Lady Knights!”
Coach also wanted to send out a final message to her team “Girls I am so proud of you and how hard you worked this year. You gave this team and these coaches 100% that is all I can ask. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!”
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