FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 11, 2017) - The Queens College volleyball team needed the distance on Saturday (Nov. 11) but the Knights roared to a dramatic five-set victory over Daemen College at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Set scores favored QC by a count of 25-18, 22-25, 25-19. 18-25 and 15-5.
Queens (6-17, 3-10 ECC) was bolstered by impeccable performances all around, beginning with senior setter Kristen Moore. Moore posted a 43-assist performance that went along with eight digs, six service aces and three total blocks. Briana Green and Lauren Kehoe led the Knights with 11 kills apiece while Nicoletta DiCocco had herself a day with nine kills and nine digs. Leeks Hollis contributed 12 digs to couple eight kills and three service aces while Cassidy Stewart continued to exude excellence with six kills and three-and-a-half total blocks in the front row. Senior libero Reggie Anthony added 14 digs as Anita Sengara posted a four-kill, eight-dig effort.
Daemen (11-15, 7-6 ECC) saw four hitters post double-digit kill performances with a game-high 17 coming from Courtney Scanlan. Abby Francis added 14 kills while Jenn Heritz and Meghan Ballou each had 10 kills. Georgia Wicker posted a game-best 19 digs in the back row to lead the Wildcats as Scanlan added 18. Setter Katie McKrell notched a double-double in the affair with 48 assists and 11 digs.
The Knights jumped in front of the first set by winning five of the six points, taking advantage of a loud crowd that would only get more boisterous throughout the contest. The hosts never looked back to claim the first set on a kill by Green; Daemen rallied back for the second set in a back-and-forth performance that was ended on a successful hit from Tirzah Peters. With the match knotted at one set apiece, the two teams continued a see-saw battle in the third frame. A kill from DiCocco put Queens ahead 19-16 before Moore effectively slammed the door on the visitors with three straight service aces.
The fourth set proved to be all Wildcats, as Daemen led at one point by a 12-5 margin. Queens fought back as a kill by Kehoe brought the Knights within two points at 14-12 but the visitors roared back on a 9-2 run punctuated by a kill from Francis to ultimately send the match to a fifth and final set. Queens started the set with the serve, which proved to be the key to success as the Knights won the first seven points; Moore powered two service aces while Green and Kehoe each collected two kills in the run. After a service error from Ali Greenwood put the Wildcats behind the eight-ball---figuratively and literally---and behind by a 13-5 score, back-to-back blocks from Stewart, Hollis and Moore ended the contest and cued the celebration.