FLUSHING, N.Y. – Fresh off of its first East Coast Conference (ECC) win of the season, the Queens College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights from Fitzgerald Gymnasium Wednesday evening.
The set scores were 25-22, 25-15, 25-12. Queens drops to 3-8 overall and 1-4 in the ECC, while Bridgeport improves to 8-8 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Bridgeport jumped out to an early lead in the opening set, 7-4, before Queens spent its first timeout. After a kill by sophomore Lauren Kehoe, the Purple Knights scored four straight points to take an 11-5 lead. Bridgeport pushed the lead to seven at 15-8 on a kill by Bruna Santos.
From there, Queens stormed back, going on a 7-2 run led by aces from Anthony and junior Nicoletta DiCocco. Queens called a timeout after a 3-0 run by Bridgeport and then pulled back within three at 20-17 on kills from sophomore Anita Sengara and junior Leeks Hollis. Errors haunted the Knights when it mattered most, as the Purple Knights gathered a 24-19 advantage. Queens stayed alive with a 3-0 run capped off by a Hollis kill to make it 24-22, but Hunter Barker slammed home a kill to give Bridgeport a 25-22 set win.
It was all Bridgeport in the second and third sets, however, as the Purple Knights controlled the match. Bridgeport maintained a five-point lead early in the second and held that advantage midway through, 14-9. Kills by Sengara and DiCocco helped Queens pull within two after a 3-0 run and then kept close four points later, 16-14. But the Purple Knights ended the second set on a 9-1 run to take the 25-22 win.
In the final set, Queens hung close to start, down 5-4, but Bridgeport went on runs of 5-0 and 4-0 to take a commanding 16-6 lead. The deficit was too much for the Knights, as the visiting Purple Knights notched the road win.
Queens will head to Manchester, N.H., next, as the Knights will visit Southern New Hampshire University on Friday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m.