ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – The Queens College volleyball team hit the road to take on East Coast Conference (ECC) leader Molloy College Wednesday night, dropping a 3-0 match. The set scores were 25-15, 28-26, 25-6.
The Lions improve to 19-5 overall and 8-2 in conference play with the win, while the Knights fall to 5-14 overall and 2-8 in the ECC.
Sophomore Lauren Kehoe led the Knights with nine kills, 10 digs and four blocks, while freshman Briana Green posted eight kills and three blocks. Meanwhile, senior setter Kristen Moore registered her ninth double-double of the year with 21 assists and 12 digs.
Molloy led for the entire opening set, establishing the tone right away. After the Lions jumped out to a quick three-point lead, two kills by sophomore Cassidy Stewart brought the Knights within two at 5-3. A kill by Green kept Queens close at 7-4, but Molloy followed with a 7-1 run to gain full control. With the Lions holding a nine-point lead, the Knights hung tough, cutting the deficit to six before Molloy ended the set on a 5-1 run.
The Knights battled in the second set and pushed the Lions to their limits. After falling behind 3-1, two kills by Kehoe sparked a 4-0 run for Queens to provide a 5-3 advantage. The two teams went back-and-forth until the Lions regained the lead, 10-9, but a Kehoe kill and block assists by Kehoe and junior Sarah Koehler put the Knights back on top, 11-10.
It was a set of runs from there, beginning with three straight points by Molloy, which forced a Queens timeout down 13-11. Out of the break, two more kills by Kehoe started a 5-1 run, as Queens took a 16-14 lead. The Lions regained the advantage, but the match was tied up at 18 apiece after a block by Green. However, the Lions went on a 6-2 run to force match point at 24-20. The Knights wouldn't give in though, scoring five straight points to take a 25-24 lead, forcing a Molloy timeout. But in the end, errors proved costly for the Knights, as the Lions squeaked out a 28-26 set win.
In the final set, Queens trailed by just one early on, 4-3, but it was all Lions from there. Molloy went on runs of 8-0, 4-0, 3-0 and 6-0 to seal the match.
Queens will aim to bounce back with its final road match of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 31, when the Knights visit Bridgeport for a 7 p.m. ECC match.