FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 7, 2017) – The Queens College volleyball team battled valiantly but ultimately dropped a four-set decision to Pace University on Tuesday (Nov. 7) at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Set scores favored the Setters by a margin of 25-19, 21-25, 25-19 and 25-10.
The Knights (5-17, 2-10 ECC) were led by a ten-kill performance from sophomore middle hitter Cassidy Stewart; junior right-side hitter Nicoletta DiCocco had nine kills and 14 digs for Queens in the effort. Lauren Kehoe added eight kills. Setter Kristen Moore dished out a game-high 34 assists and fellow senior Reggie Anthony collected 14 digs.
Pace (15-15, 7-5 NE10) saw junior outside hitter Claudia Fontanet led the Setters to victory with 13 kills and 10 digs. Aiding her in the winning effort was Kathleen Benson (11 kills) while the defensive stance was firm thanks to Danielle Vaiano's 20 digs.
A back-and-forth first set saw both teams inch their way to a 19-all score-line after a Stewart kill brought Queens even with the opposition. Pace won the last six points with a kill from Colette Clarke paving the way for five consecutive points off of the serve of Sydney Lecker. The Knights rallied in the second set, as once again the teams proved evenly matched. This time it was Queens getting the upper hand late, with kills by Kehoe and Anita Sengara bookending a 6-2 run to knot the match at one set apiece.
Pace would prove to be too much, however, as the Setters raced out to a 10-3 lead in the third set and led at one point by a 20-11 margin. The Knights came back to a respectable effort, but the fourth set was more of the same as the Setters continued to run away from the hosts. In the final stanza, Pace held leads of 4-0, 14-6 and 17-9 before winning eight of the last nine points to close out the match.
Queens College will host Daemen College on Saturday (Nov. 11) at Fitzgerald Gymnasium with first serve commencing at 12 p.m. The Knights are hosting "Take A Kid To the Game" Day on the final weekend of the regular season.