PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Queens College volleyball team was slowed down on Saturday with a pair of setbacks to East Stroudsburg University and Holy Family University as part of the Holy Family Tri-Match. The Knights dropped both matches by identical 3-0 scores.
East Stroudsburg 3, Queens 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-22)
The Knights couldn't build much momentum in the first match, falling by set scores 25-18, 25-17, 25-22. Sophomore Lauren Kehoe led the team with nine kills, seven digs and two service aces, while senior Reggie Anthony totaled 15 digs.
A 9-0 run by the Warriors was the difference in the opening set. After Queens trailed by just one at 10-9 on a kill by sophomore Anita Sengara, East Stroudsburg tallied nine straight points to take a 19-9 lead with Sam Dunphy slamming three kills. That would be too much for the Knights to overcome, as the Warriors won 25-18.
The teams went back-and-forth again to start the second set, but once more, the Warriors put together another streak with a 5-0 run to take a 15-10 lead, forcing a Knights timeout. Back-to-back kills by freshman Briana Green brought Queens back within three at 15-12, and Anthony kept the difference at three with an ace, as the Knights brought it to 18-15. However, East Stroudsburg ended on a 7-2 run, including four straight points to end the set at 25-17.
Queens jumped on top in the third and final set, 6-3, after a kill by Green. The Knights remained on top, 8-6, after senior Kristen Moore earned a kill, but the Warriors then reeled for an 8-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. Queens fought back, unwilling to roll over, and tied the set at 17-17 after a 6-1 run. After the Warriors took a 21-18 lead, the Knights notched four straight points, capped by a Green kill, to take a 22-21 lead and force a Warrior timeout. However, out of the timeout, East Stroudsburg finished the game on a 4-0 run.
Holy Family 3, Queens 0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-19)
In the second match, the Tigers controlled the first set before the Knights battled closely in the second. Despite pushing Holy Family to the limit, Queens fell just short in the second set, 28-26, before dropping the third, 25-19. Moore posted a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs, and junior Nicoletta DiCocco had a team-high seven kills.
Queens fell behind early in the opening set, as the Tigers leaped out to an 8-3 advantage. A kill by sophomore Cassidy Stewart brought the score to 9-6 before Holy Family gained control, 14-6. The Knights came back within four, but the Tigers concluded the set on a 9-3 run to take it, 25-15.
The Knights took a 4-1 lead early in the second set after a kill by Green before Holy Family took four straight points to take the lead. From there, it was a back-and-forth set, with Queens taking a 9-8 lead. Holy Family slipped out to a 17-13 lead, but Queens kept in it, notching four consecutive points to tie it at 17 all. A DiCocco kill later put the Knights ahead, 23-22, before a 3-1 run for Holy Family put the Tigers at set point. Stewart saved the set with a kill to tie it up at 25-25, but in the end Holy Family edged out a 28-26 win.
A 6-0 run early on in the third set by the Tigers put the Knights in a tough deficit at 7-3. Holy Family kept the pressure on with an 8-3 run, taking a 15-6 lead. When it looked over, Queens suddenly caught fire, going on a 9-1 run capped by a Kehoe kill, as the score was all of a sudden 16-15. However, that's as close as the Knights would come, as the Tigers ended it on a 9-4 run to seal the match.
Queens (1-2) will have nine days off before hosting Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.