PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Queens College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Jefferson Rams on the road on Friday night. With the setback, the Knights dropped to 1-4 on the year, while the Rams moved to 6-5 overall.
Junior Leeks Hollis posted a team-high seven kills to lead the way for the Knights. Sophomore Cassidy Stewart tallied six kills and two service aces, while classmate Lauren Kehoe had six kills and six digs.
The Knights hung in close, down 13-10 in the first set after back-to-back kills by Kehoe until the Rams went on a 4-0 run to take a seven-point lead. Despite working their way back from an eventual eight-point deficit to trail 23-18, it was too late, as the Rams took a 25-18 set win.
Jefferson held a slight advantage early in the second set, but Queens pulled within two at 10-8 after a kill by Hollis. After three straight points by the Rams, the Knights chipped away at the lead to keep it a two-point differential at 15-13 on a Stewart kill. However, Jefferson followed with an 8-3 run to take a 23-16 lead and held off Queens, 25-19.
Queens jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set behind two kills by Stewart, forcing a Jefferson timeout. The Rams gathered themselves after the timeout, however, and went on a 6-1 run to take a 9-8 lead. Kills by junior Nicoletta DiCocco and Hollis then put Queens back on top, but Jefferson then caught fire, going on a 6-0 run. Queens slowly got back in the set and came within three at 17-14 after a kill by Kehoe. From there, it was all Rams, ending the match on an 8-3 run.
Senior setter Kristen Moore notched 24 assists and three digs for Queens, while senior Reggie Anthony had 12 digs. Courtney Wensel had a match-high 16 kills for the Rams. Jefferson outhit Queens, posting a .298 hitting percentage compared to .074 for the Knights.
Queens will remain in Philadelphia for a match at Chestnut Hill College on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m.