DOBBS FERRY, NY - After taking a 2-0 match lead, the Queens College volleyball team fell behind in the third set of its East Coast Conference matchup with Mercy. But the Knights refused to give as the team worked hard to come back and complete the sweep. QC picked up its second conference win of the year with a score line of 25-15, 25-15, 26-24.
The Knights came out strong as they jumped out a 10-4 lead in the first set; an advantage they would never relinquish. After a kill by senior Tori Bowser, Queens extended their lead to nine. The Mavericks attempted a comeback, cutting the deficit to six, 20-14 before Queens wrapped up the first set win with another kill by Bowser.
The second set started in similar fashion as Queens took a 10-2 lead with freshman Cassidy Stewart pacing the Knights with three service aces. After taking a 20-8 lead, Mercy attempted another comeback by raking up three straight points. A Mavericks service error and a kill by sophomore Malaika Hollis extended the QC lead to 10. Freshman Lauren Kehoe's kill put the set at match point before she closed the match with a service ace.
The third set was a different story for the Knights as they found themselves in a 10-4 deficit. But the Knights refused to give up as they took seven straight points led by sophomore Nicoletta DiCocco two kills to cut the deficit by two, 13-11, forcing a Mercy timeout. DiCocco took matters into her hand to close out the match with a trio of kills to not only tie but close the match.
The Knights were led by the freshman core of Kehoe, who recorded a career-high with 12 kills, and Stewart's career high of six service aces. Junior Kristen Moore led the Knights with her seventh double-double of the season, registering 36 assists and 11 digs. Bowser racked up nine kills on the night. DiCocco tallied up eight kills and 13 digs.
UP NEXT: The Knights continue conference action as they return to home on Thursday, Oct. 27 as they play host to Bridgeport with first serve set for 7:00 pm.