Volleyball Can’t Hang on to Early Lead, Falls to Red-Hot Pioneers

Volleyball Can’t Hang on to Early Lead, Falls to Red-Hot Pioneers

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens college volleyball team stunned the LIU Post Pioneers early by winning the first set, but the Knights couldn't hang on to the lead, falling in a 3-1 decision from Fitzgerald Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The set scores were 20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-9.

It was the 12th consecutive victory for LIU Post, which improves to 21-3 overall and 7-1 in the East Coast Conference (ECC). Queens falls to 5-12 overall and 2-6 in the ECC with the setback.

Senior Kristen Moore notched her eighth double-double of the season (second in a row) with 23 assists, 14 digs, two kills and a block. Sophomore Cassidy Stewart had eight kills and two blocks, while classmate Anita Sengara also posted eight kills with a service ace and a block.

Queens came out of the gate firing in the opening set, jumping out to leads of 4-1 and 7-2. LIU Post then tallied four straight points to pull within one before Sengara slammed a kill to preserve a two-point lead. However, the Pioneers later posted a 3-0 run capped by a Kassie Akouri-Tejedor ace to take an 11-10 lead. Queens answered with a 3-0 run of its own behind a kill from sophomore Lauren Kehoe and an ace from junior Leeks Hollis to regain the lead.

The two teams then went back-and-forth, as the Knights clung to a 15-14 lead. Queens then reeled off a 4-0 run with kills from Kehoe, Moore and Stewart, capped off by a Sengara ace to give the Knights a 19-14 lead. The Knights benefitted from some Pioneer miscues and extended the lead to seven at 23-16. After a timeout, however, LIU Post went on a 4-0 run to make it 23-20. Again, the Pioneers suffered a pair of errors at the end, as Queens took a 1-0 lead.

Late in the first set, Hollis went down with an injury, and the Knights weren't the same for the remaining sets. The second set was tight until midway through with the Pioneers up 11-10. Queens then took a 14-11 lead after going on a 4-0 run with kills from Kehoe and Stewart along with an ace by freshman Alisha Matthews. However, LIU Post found itself, firing off an 8-0 run to take command, 19-14. Queens was never able to recover, and Rachel Londot closed out a 25-18 set win with one of her match-high 19 kills.

LIU Post controlled the final two sets en route to the victory. In the third set, Queens was still in it, trailing 8-6, but LIU Post went on runs of 5-0 and 4-0, which ultimately led to a 25-15 set victory. The fourth set was all Pioneers, as the visiting team ran out to a commanding 14-1 lead behind four kills apiece from Londot and Kristin Bendy. The Knights were able to pull back within 10, but the deficit was too much to overcome in a 25-9 defeat in the final set.

Prior to the match, Queens honored Moore for reaching 2,000 career assists in the previous match. Senior Reggie Anthony tallied 16 digs for the match and currently sits just five away from 1,000 for her career.

Queens is right back on the court on Wednesday, Oct. 18, for a 7 p.m. match at NYIT. The Knights fell to the Bears, 3-0, at home in September.