Lady Knights pick up win

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The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY to compete in the Nassau Invitational for their first matches of the 2019 season.  The Lady Knights faced the Bears of Harcum College from Bryn Mawr, PA, the Lions of Raritan Valley Community College from Branchburg, NJ and the hosting Lions of Nassau Community College. The Lady Knights lost the first match to Harcum in a close battle 3-2, then fell to Raritan Valley 3-1 but rebounded to end the day with a 3-0 victory over the hosting Lions of Nassau CC 3-0 to begin the season 1-2.  

CCRI- 2 Harcum College- 3: (25-16, 16-25, 25-16, 14-25 & 12-15) The Lady Knights faced an old nemesis in their first of the 2019 season the Harcum Bears, a team they have faced four times in the district championship. CCRI would come up on the short end of the stick in a tough 3-2 five-setter that went back-and-forth. CCRI took the first set 25-16 before Harcum came back and won by the same score in the second set. The Lady Knights made it 2-1 by winning the third set by a familiar 25-16 score before Harcum tied it 2-2 with a 25-14 victory in set 4. In the 15-point tie breaker the Bears edged the Lady Knights 15-12 to hand CCRI their first defeat of the season.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman Marilyn McKay (Warwick) with an excellent all-around game consisting of eight service aces two kills and two solo blocks to give CCRI 12 points. Freshman Alexis Baffoni (Coventry) also had a very good match with three kills and six service aces for nine points.  Sophomore Manuela Restrepo (Central Falls) had three kills and four services which resulted in seven points, while adding five digs on defense and freshman Sydney Trudeau (Cumberland) added six kills and an ace for seven total points. Freshman Gabriella Blumenstock (Warwick) ran the offense well with 16 assists and helped on defense with six digs.  

CCRI- 1 Raritan Valley CC- 3: (25-21, 12-25, 16-25 & 9-25)

In their second match the Lady Knights won the first set 25-21 but then lost the next three 25-21, 25-16 and 25-9. CCRI started the match playing very well but then Raritan gained momentum and rolled to sweep the final three sets. The Lady Knights did well from the service line with 18 service aces but only managed 10 kills and that is just not going to get it done. Blumenstock led the way with six aces and Restrepo added five aces but Raritan cruised to the 3-1 victory.  

CCRI- 3 Nassau CC- 0: (27-25, 25-23 & 25-16)

The Lady Knights were eager to get their first win of the season and it showed in the third match of the Nassau Invite. Though each set was very close the Lady Knights played as a cohesive unit to thwart the attempts of the Hosting Lions of Nassau on their home court. CCRI won the first two sets by the narrowest of margins 27-25 and 25-23 before taking the third set 25-16 to earn their first victory of the 2019 season. 

Leading the way once again for the Lady Knights was McKay with a team-high six kills, with two service aces for 11 points and added three digs on defense. Baffoni also played very well with five kills, three aces for eight points while also adding three digs. CCRI also got key contributions from sophomore Restrepo with five kills and two aces and freshmen Sydney Trudeau with four kills and three aces, both scored seven points for CCRI. Also having an excellent match was Setter Gabriella Blumenstock with 22 assists, five Aces and one solo block for six total points.

The Lady Knights have a little over two week lay-off before their next match Monday September 9th at 6:00 p.m. when they will host the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA for a Region XXI non-league match.     

The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team opened its 2019 campaign at home against the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. CCRI scored in the 19th minute and its defense held strong, earning the 1-0 victory. The win starts CCRI’s season record at 1-0 overall.

A beautiful day in Lincoln, RI with temperatures in the high 70’s set the stage for a perfect home opener. The visiting Catonsville Cardinals came all the way from Baltimore, Maryland for a New England weekend, having played against Massasoit the day before. 

Head Coach Gabe Toro's team came out ready to play with a good balance of new players and some returning players and today was perfect time to test the team’s abilities. The Knights came out a little anxious which is the norm for the first game of the season but they were able to hold steady on the defensive side of the ball. Returning player, sophomore co-captain Juan Gonzalez (Providence) was in the net for the Knights and center back sophomore co-captain Jacob Leander (West Warwick) also came back for their second year at CCRI. New faces in the form of freshmen, Isnaba Namusse (Pawtucket) and Buba Joof (Woonsocket) brought speed and some more re-enforcement to the back line, which showed strength after being repeatedly tested during this game, especially in the second half. 

In the 19th minute of the first half, the Knights offense also showed up to play with a deep pass into the offensive third where freshman Cornelius Tay (Monrovia, Liberia) was able to collect the ball and dribble by one defender before looking up and finding freshman Juan Garcia (Guatemala City, Guatemala) coming across the box to tap in the ball into the net. “Garcia was on the practice squad last year so it was great to see him come back, stronger, faster and wiser. It was awesome that he opened up this season with a goal” said Toro.

In the second half the Knights defense was tested but did not let up. Goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez came up with some big saves and the defense played well. “The team played well defensively as a unit. We still have to work on our offense but that will come with time.  This team has the right attitude and is willing to work together as a team.” said Toro.

The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team will next be in action on Saturday, August 31 in a scrimmage against UMass-Dartmouth.

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