Lady Knights Outduel NECC Knights on Sophomore Night!
Warwick, R.I. – October 16, 2019: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted the Blue Knights of Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, MA for a Region XXI interleague match. Tuesday evening was also 2019 CCRI Volleyball sophomore Night where they honored their four departing sophomores: Captain Manuela Restrepo (Central Falls, RI), Libby Reyes (Providence, RI), Yelianni Soto Reyes (Providence, RI) and Christa Fitzsimmons (Warwick, RI). The Lady Knights of CCRI defeated the Blue Knights of Northern Essex 3-1: 14-25, 26-24, 25-16 & 25-16. With the victory CCRI improves to 13-6 overall and 8-2 in Region XXI play.
CCRI defeats Northern Essex CC 3-1: 14-25, 26-24, 25-16 & 25-16
The Lady Knights of the Community College of Rhode Island got out to a slow start as they dropped the first set to the Blue Knights of Northern Essex 14-25. Head Coach Pat Chin made some adjustments to the Lady Knights line-up and also identified areas where they could take advantage of their opponent. These tactics seemed to work to plan as CCRI took the next set 26-24. CCRI began to build momentum as the match progressed as they won the final two sets by the identical scores of 25-16 and 26-16.
All four sophomores started the Sophomore Day match: Captain Manuela Restrepo, Yelianni Soto Reyes, Christa Fitzsimmons and Libby Reyes. Leading the way was Manuela Restrepo with seven Kills, four Aces and seven Digs. Christa Fitzsimmons also had a very good match with two Kills and three Aces. Yelianni Soto Reyes added two Kills to the CCRI attack. Libby Reyes did not record a point but did help out during this very competitive match by providing a spark to the Lady Knights line-up giving them some much needed energy. Many freshmen also contributed greatly to this victory led by Sydney Trudeau (Cumberland, RI) who had a career-high 12 Kills with two digs. Marilyn McKay (Warwick, RI) had five Kills and Mia Shola (North Kingstown, RI) five Aces. Gabriella Blumenstock (Warwick, RI) had three Kills, an Ace and 10 Digs. Setter Joanna Wong (Cranston, RI) directed the offense flawlessly with 31 Assists, five Aces and four Digs.
The last regular season match for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 19th when they travel Montgomery College in Rockville, MD for a tri-match versus the Raptors of Montgomery College at 12noon and the Catamounts of Potomac State College at WVU at 2pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.