AMHERST, N.Y. – Senior setter Kristen Moore eclipsed 2,000 career assists, as the Queens College women's volleyball team pushed the Wildcats of Daemen College to four sets in East Coast Conference (ECC) action Saturday afternoon. Despite a valiant effort and an early lead, the Knights ran out of steam and suffered a 3-1 road defeat with set scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16.
With the loss, the Knights moved to 5-11 overall (2-5 ECC), while the Wildcats improved to 9-10 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
The Knights were led by Moore, who posted her seventh double-double of the season with 35 assists, 12 digs and two service aces, while junior Leeks Hollis notched her second straight double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs. With eight matches remaining in the regular season, Moore has collected 2,004 assists thus far over her four seasons with the Knights.
Queens came out firing in the first set, as they fought back-and-forth, and a kill by sophomore Anita Sengara allowed the Knights to open a 7-4 run to take a 19-15 lead. The Wildcats fought back to cut the deficit down to one following a kill by Courtney Scanlan. Queens held on to the advantage with back-to-back kills by sophomore Lauren Kehoe and Sengara to give the Knights an opening-set victory of 25-21. In the opening stanza, Queens tallied 17 kills, posting a .324 hitting percentage.
In the second set, Queens again came out on fire, opening a 10-4 lead and forcing a Daemen timeout. The break turned out to be the Knights' downfall, as the Wildcats went on an 11-5 run to knot the set at 15-15. Cristina Apostol posted back-to-back kills to hand the Wildcats an 18-16 lead, forcing a Knights timeout. The timeout was unable to break the Wildcats' rhythm, as Daemen held on for a 25-21 second-set victory.
With the match knotted, 1-1, the Knights came out flat in the third set, as the Wildcats opened up an 11-6 lead. Queens continued to fight back but was once again undone by Apostol, who posted a match-high 15 kills. Daemen held the Knights to a low .032 hitting percentage in the third set to take a 2-1 lead by winning the third set, 25-17. In the fourth set, the Wildcats ran away with the match, opening up a quick 7-1 lead and never looking back. The Knights were held to just a .033 hitting percentage to drop the fourth set, 25-16, and match, 3-1.
UP NEXT: The Knights return home from their two-match road trip upstate for their "Dig Pink" match on Tuesday, Oct. 17, against the Pioneers of LIU Post (6-1 ECC) with first serve set for 7 p.m.