FLUSHING, N.Y. – In front of a packed home crowd on Friday night, the Queens College volleyball team erased an early deficit and opened the 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over the Georgian Court University Lions. The Knights captured the win with set scores of 19-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21.
Three Knights registered double-digit kills, and Queens racked up 11 service aces as a team. Sophomore Cassidy Stewart led the way with 13 kills, two aces, four digs and a block. Meanwhile, junior Nicoletta DiCocco totaled 11 kills, three aces and seven digs, while freshman Briana Green also contributed 11 kills and two blocks in her first career match.
Queens found itself trailing early on, as the Lions held the advantage in the first set. After a kill by Stewart tied things up at 3-3, the Lions went on a 6-1 run to jump ahead. Queens fought back to come within one at 15-14, but Georgian Court kept the lead and ultimately grabbed the 25-19 set win.
The second set was a completely different story, as the Knights dominated early. Queens amazingly scored the first 11 points of the set behind four kills by sophomore Lauren Kehoe and two aces from DiCocco. Queens held its wide lead after Stewart slammed home a kill to make it 15-2. The Knights had complete control throughout the set and tied the match up at 1-1 with a 25-13 set win.
The two teams fought back-and-forth in the third set, but a kill by junior Leeks Hollis gave Queens a 14-10 advantage. Georgian Court kept at it, however, and eventually managed to snag an 18-16 lead after a kill by Peggy Rosario. Queens answered with five straight points to take a 21-18 lead, and later DiCocco shut the door with a kill to secure the 25-22 set victory.
In the fourth set, the Lions snuck out in front, leading by three at 10-7. However, Green capped off a quick 3-0 run with a kill to tie the set at 10 all. After the Lions took a 13-11 lead, Green went off, tallying four kills over a 5-0 run for the Knights to capture a 16-13 advantage. The Lions hung in at 19-19, but the Knights ended the match on a 6-2 run to close it out.
Senior setter Kristen Moore dished out 48 assists, while Hollis had nine kills, five digs and two aces. Queens posted a .216 hitting percentage, while keeping the Lions in check at .178. The Knights totaled 54 kills, compared to 36 for Georgian Court.
Queens is right back at it on Saturday, traveling to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete against East Stroudsburg and Holy Family in the Holy Family Tri-Match. The first match is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.