The CCRI men’s and women’s Cross Country runners traveled to New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH over the weekend to compete in the Lynx Invitational. CCRI had five runners compete, three Knights and two Lady Knights but did not have enough to compete as a team but put forth some very good times for their first meet of the season.
For the Knights Dylan Ouillette (Warwick) was the first Knight to finish the race in 33:26 which was good for 14th place. Gavan Kearney (Coventry) was the next to finish for CCRI with a time of 37:19 which placed him 26th overall. The final Knights to cross the finish line was Brandon Bun (Pawtucket) who placed 32nd in a time of 41:43.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman Madeline Holden (North Kingstown) who was the first CCRI runner to finish the race in seventh place win a fine time of 28 minutes 50 seconds. Finishing in twelfth place was freshman Ashley Lawrence (Barrington) in 35:13. Both Lady Knights ran well in their first meets for CCRI and will look to continue improvement as the season progresses.
Knights go 3-2 at invitational
The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted the 2019 Volleyball Classic Invitational this past Saturday and Sunday at the CCRI Flanagan Fieldhouse in Lincoln. CCRI hosted Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, MA, Bunker Hill Community College from Charlestown, MA, Massasoit Community College form Brockton, MA and Fashion Institute from New York, NY. The Lady Knights went 3-2 over the weekend defeating northern Essex and Bunker Hill 3-0 on Saturday. On Sunday they defeated Northern Essex again 3-0 but fell to Massasoit and FIT 0-3. With the 3-2 record over the weekend CCRI is now 5-5 overall and 4-2 in Region XXI play.
CCRI defeated Northern Essex 25-12, 25-17 & 25-20 on Saturday.
Sophomore Captain Manuela Restrepo (Central Falls) led the way for the Lady Knights with four kills and two aces for six total points. Freshmen Alexis Baffoni (Coventry) and Marilyn McKay (Warwick) were tied for the team-lead with six kills apiece for CCRI. Sophomore Christa Fitzsimmons (Warwick) had a team-leading six aces and Mia Shola (North Kingstown) had a team-leading 10 digs. Sydney Trudeau (Cumberland) had two kills and four aces while Gabriella Blumenstock (Warwick) added 17 assists for the Lady Knights.
CCRI went on to top Bunker Hill 25-14, 25-23 & 25-16.
Blumenstock had an excellent match with a team-high six kills adding five digs, three solo blocks and an ace for 10 total points. Trudeau also had a great match with five kills, two aces and three digs for seven points. Freshman setter Joanna Wong (Cranston) ran the Lady Knights’ offense well with 20 assists, three aces and two digs. Baffoni added four kills, four, digs and an ace while Shola played great defensively with a team-high 12 digs and an ace.
CCRI defeated Northern Essex 25-7, 25-8 & 25-14 on Sunday.
The Lady Knights had an excellent match to kick-off day two of the CCRI Volleyball classic as they dispatched Northern Essex in three sets with a dominant performance. Leading the Lady Knights was Freshman Baffoni with a season-high 10 kills and six aces. Also having a great match was McKay with six kills, two aces and two solo blocks. Blumenstock and Wong ran the CCRI offense very well with 11 assists and nine assists respectively.
CCRI then fell to Massasoit CC 21-25, 20-25 & 23-25.
The Lady Knights were looking to avenge their loss from earlier in the week to Massasoit CC. However, the Warriors had other plans as they were able outlast CCRI in a very close three setter. Baffoni had another very good match but it was not enough to get the Lady Knights a victory. Baffoni had nine kills, with three aces and a solo block. Restrepo also played very well also with nine kills. Wong rounded out the top performers for CCRI with 14 assists.
CCRI later lost to FIT 16-25, 18-25 & 18-25.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough match versus FIT who is always one of the top Division III volleyball programs in the country with a roster from all over the United States. Fashion Institute swept the match in three sets but CCRI still played very well despite the loss. Trudeau stepped-up big time in this match with a season-high nine kills while adding two aces. Baffoni had eight kills and one solo block. Wong added 19 assists but the Lady Knights could not muster enough offense to overcome the Tigers of Fashion Institute.
The next match for the Lady Knights will be next Saturday at 11 a.m. when they travel to play New Hampshire Tech in Concord, New Hampshire