OLD BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Senior setter Kristen Moore notched her third double-double of the season with 29 assists and 14 digs, but the Queens College volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback at LIU Post in East Coast Conference (ECC) action Wednesday night.
The set scores were 25-18, 25-12, 25-20. With the defeat, Queens falls to 2-6 on the year and 0-2 in the ECC, while LIU Post improves to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Sophomore Cassidy Stewart powered her way for 10 kills on a .643 hitting percentage, and classmate Lauren Kehoe also reached double-digit kills with 10 along with three blocks. Defensively, junior Nicoletta DiCocco had 16 digs.
The Pioneers had control from the beginning in the first set, leaping out to an 18-8 lead. Queens finally got it started clicking to bring the deficit down to 23-17 after a 9-6 run, capped off by kills from sophomore Anita Sengara and junior Leeks Hollis. But it was too late, as LIU Post took the set, 25-18.
After a Stewart kill opened the second set, LIU Post caught fire, as Rachel Londot served up three service aces on a 9-0 run for the Pioneers, forcing a Queens timeout. The Pioneers kept the pressure on, pushing the lead to 20-5 on a kill by Lea Brady. The Knights got it together late, but again it was too late, with the damage already done in the 25-12 final.
Stewart got in a groove to start the third set, recording three straight kills to open up the set. Kills by Kehoe and Sengara extended the Queens lead to 8-3, causing LIU Post to call timeout. Out of the break, the Pioneers gained confidence on a 7-1 run to gain an 11-9 lead. The Knights stayed close, and then kills by Hollis and Kehoe sparked Queens to a 17-16 lead. Things were looking great when freshman Alisha Matthews' ace gave the Knights a 19-17 advantage. However, the Pioneers ended the match on an 8-1 run to close it out.
Queens will return home next for a conference battle with Molloy College on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.