The CCRI tennis team will again be playing an aggressive schedule including the Harford National Invitational Tournament in Maryland, which includes NJCAA DI and DIII teams and colleges from New Jersey, Long Island and New York.
The squad will be made up of all new players. Captaining the team will be Justin Allen (Warwick, RI) a talented player with tremendous maturity and leadership skills. Troy Derrick (East Providence) will be bringing a wealth of playing experience to the team after playing for Rhode Island College last year. The Knights are fortunate to add Torin Fenton (South Kingstown, RI) to the team. The South Kingstown native played under the leadership of the talented, Andy Carr, a former CCRI standout and South Kingstown coach. Rounding out the roster will be Max Mendoza (West Warwick) and Jackie French (Scituate, RI).
CCRI is the only opponent in the region that does not have outdoor tennis courts and must travel for all matches. Turning what could be seen as a negative into a positive, head coach Deb Panzica said, “Our team has an aggressive travel schedule, but our players have the opportunity to play against some of the best JUCO teams and athletes.”
Coaches are continuing the recruitment process and look forward to adding more players to the squad.
The 2014 CCRI coed tennis team had another excellent year. They were 4-4 overall and finished the Region XXI tournament over Bristol Community College, 9-0. From there, the CCRI tennis team traveled to Plano, Texas to compete in the 2014 men’s tennis National Tournament hosted by Collin College.
John Chammat (Cumberland, RI) shined at nationals, playing his way into the semifinals. Chammat defeated Jon Robbins of Gloucester County College in quarter finals to advance to the semis. He was highly competitive in the semifinals but fell short losing to the No. 1 ranked player, Maclane Smoke of Brookdale Community College.
The 2015 team will look to rebuild with the addition of a number of talented freshman.