FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 12, 2017) – The Queens College volleyball team hit .270 and .278 as a unit in the first and second sets of a three-set sweep over Roberts Wesleyan on Sunday (Nov. 12) at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Set scores favored the Knights 25-18, 25-22 and 25-23. The win gave QC its first two-match winning streak of the season as the Knights finished the year with an overall record of 7-17 and 4-10 in East Coast Conference play. Roberts Wesleyan fell to 2-30 overall and 2-12 in ECC action to close out the season.
A diversified offense was the key to success for Queens against their conference foes as no player had over ten kills for the Knights. Leeks Hollis led all attackers with nine kills while Cassidy Stewart had eight kills and dominated with a .500 hitting percentage. Lauren Kehoe (seven kills), Briana Green (six), Anita Sengara (five) and Nicoletta DiCocco (five) each put forth excellent efforts on the offensive side of the ball as well. In their final matches as members of the QC volleyball team, seniors Kristen Moore and Reggie Anthony left a lasting impression on the future of the Knights' program. Moore dished out 32 assists and had eight digs as well as Anthony led all Knights with 13 digs. Queens was once again effective from the service line with nine aces, four of which came from Stewart.
Grace Detwiler led Roberts Wesleyan with eight kills; setter Elisabeth Rivera had 15 assists and eight digs as Shelby Strasbaugh collected a match-high 18 digs for the Redhawks in the loss.
Queens took the first set by force midway through the frame as both teams traded the first 26 points evenly to a 13-13 score. Following a kill by DiCocco, the Knights claimed the next four points on the serve of Anthony to go up by an 18-13 margin. Roberts never mustered a solid comeback after that, as Moore pounded a service ace and Kehoe slotted home the set-winning kill in consecutive fashion to give QC an early one-set edge. The Knights were in cruise control in the second set as well, leading 15-8 before the visitors staged a more successful rally. Detwiler served an ace to give the Redhawks a 17-16 lead but the two sides went back-and-forth to a tie score at 21-all. There, a service ace from Kiara Reyes coupled with two Hollis kills and an attack error from the visitors allowed QC to escape with the second-set victory.
The third set proved to be a battle of attrition with Roberts taking leads of 4-0, 9-4 and 20-15 before Queens staged an impressive comeback. Sengara and DiCocco launched back-to-back kills to bring the hosts within three points but the Redhawks scored the next point to keep a 21-17 lead. The tide turned in favor of the Knights here with Stewart notching a kill to get to the service line. After two straight attack errors by Roberts, the sophomore pounded home a service ace to even the score at 21-all. The sides went one point after another until Queens found themselves in good fortunes: two Redhawk errors in a row ended the third set and the match with QC taking a 25-23 victory.
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