EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Aug. 31, 2018) - The Queens College volleyball team commenced its 2018 season at the East Stroudsburg Invitational on Friday (Aug. 31) where the Knights were swept by Saint Anselm in New Haven at Koehler Fieldhouse.
Saint Anselm 3, Queens (NY) 0: 25-16, 25-17, 27-25
Dee-Ana Mitchell led the Knights with seven kills and eight digs in her first career collegiate match while Leeks Hollis added five kills, as well. Alisha Matthews dished out 15 assists and Gina Giacalone posted a team-best 13 digs in the back row. Briana Green added two solo blocks as the Knights played solid in the front row with four team solo blocks and eight block assists.
QC led the first set by a 9-8 margin before Saint Anselm scored five straight points to go ahead by a 13-9 margin. The Hawks added another run late to put the opening frame away, with six straight points after Lauren Kehoe's service ace brought the Knights within two points at 15-13. Saint Anselm won the first set on one of Molly Mawhinney's match-high 13 kills; the Hawks then scored the first four points in the second set en route to a 16-8 lead before Queens rallied back to get within five points at 19-14. Mawhinney, however, notched another kill to sur on a 6-3 run to give Saint Anselm the win in set number two.
QC led the third set by a 17-9 margin with Kehoe and Danielle Agbonifino stuffing Mawhinney at the net and the Knights earned their first set point after a bad set from Hawks setter Jewel Hays gave QC a 24-20 lead. Saint Anselm scored seven of the next eight points, however, to storm back and claim the match.
New Haven 3, Queens (NY) 0: 25-17, 25-17, 25-15
Mitchell was again front and center for the Knights on the attack with seven kills; Hollis added six and Kehoe pitched in with five. Matthews posted 16 assists and five digs with Hollis contributing a team-high nine digs.
New Haven (4-2) raced out to a 4-0 lead in the opening set but the Knights fought back to get within two points at 13-11 following kills by Hollis and Agbonifino. The Chargers did as their name states, however, and charged ahead to a 20-13 lead before comfortably putting the first set away by a 25-17 margin. The second set started as a more back-and-forth affair with a Mitchell kill giving QC a 10-9 edge before New Haven eked in front once again. A Kehoe kill brought the Knights within a 17-15 deficit but New Haven strung together a run with a kill by Sydney Strasner and a service ace from Brianna Mirmina buoying the Chargers to the 25-17 victory. Queens could not rally in the third set, falling behind by an 11-3 score on its way to losing a 25-15 third stanza.
The Knights return to action on Saturday (Sept. 1) at the ESU Invitational where the squad will face Jefferson and Caldwell.