FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jul. 13, 2018) - The official Queens College Volleyball schedule has been released by first-year head coach Kevin Cook for the upcoming 2018 season.
Cook will take over coaching duties this year, with Queens College coming off of a 7-17 overall record in the 2017 season. The Knights will play host for nine games in the 2018 campaign, including Molloy College, whom posted a 12-2 mark in the East Coast Conference last season, before getting bounced out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Knights will begin action on Aug. 31 at the East Stroudsburg Invitational Tournament, where they will play three matches in two days. Queens will open play against NCAA Tournament participant Saint Anselm on that Friday. The following day on Sept. 1, QC matches up against the two best teams from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in 2017, Jefferson University and Caldwell University. The Jefferson Rams finished the season with a conference record of 18-1, while Caldwell posted a 16-3 CACC mark and also made the NCAA Tournament.
QC will have three days off before they travel to Southern Connecticut State University on September 4. The Owls are coming off of a 24-11 record in the NE-10 conference. On September 7, Queens will travel to Lakewood, N.J. to play a tri-match against Georgian Court and Kutztown.
The Knights will then visit Molloy to open conference play on Sept. 12. The Lions will return as reigning ECC champions after they knocked off NYIT in five sets. Following a Saturday afternoon (Sept. 15) match against Saint Rose in Albany, the home-opener will take place on Sept. 18 versus Concordia (N.Y).
QC will head over to Mercy College on Sept. 21, whom finished 1-13 in ECC play in 2017. Queens will then enjoy a three-game home stand, with Bridgeport coming in on Sept. 22, and then a week later, the Knights host Roberts Wesleyan on Sept. 29, with Daemen coming in the following day.
The Knights then hit the road to face local rival Adelphi on Oct. 2. Adelphi finished 9-5 in conference play last season in the NE-10, which was good enough for fourth place for the Panthers. LIU Post is the next destination on Oct. 5 and the Pioneers are coming off of a 28-6 season that included an NCAA appearance. The green and gold will be led by new head coach Stephanie Sheehan, who takes over the reins after being an assistant on former coach Amanda Ostapow's staff last season.
The Knights will then open up another three-game home stand, beginning the next day. NYIT will be the first opponent, NYIT owned the third best record in the ECC, with a 10-4 overall effort in 2017. Four days later on Oct. 10, Molloy makes their way to QC, after their 26-6 overall record last season. The home-stand comes to an end 24 hours later with Chestnut Hill, whom finished 8-11 in conference play in the CACC.
After eight days with no games, QC goes to Bridgeport on Oct. 19. The Purple Knights of Bridgeport had the fourth spot in the ECC with an 8-6 conference showing in 2017. QC will then head home for one game against Mercy on Oct. 20.
The Knights begin a four-game road trip on Oct. 26. They play on back-to-back days at Daemen then at Roberts Wesleyan, and then they take on Caldwell for the second time on Oct. 30. The final road game of the season will be on Nov. 2 at NYIT, whom made it to the ECC finals in 2017. Senior Day and the regular season finale will take place on Nov. 3 when the Pioneers of LIU Post come to Fitzgerald Gymnasium.