EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 1, 2018) - The Queens College volleyball team lost back-to-back three-set matches on Saturday (Sept. 1) to Jefferson and Caldwell in Day Two of the East Stroudsburg Invitational, with both games taking place at the Koehler Fieldhouse.
Jefferson 3, Queens (N.Y.) 0: 25-17, 25-14, 25-22
Leeks Hollis played her best match of the weekend with 12 kills for the Knights (0-3) while freshman Dee-Ana Mitchell continued her strong play with a seven-kill performance in the front row. Alisha Matthews dished out 16 assists with Gina Giacalone contributing 16 digs in the back row to lead Queens on the defensive effort. Vanessa Jeungerkes added six digs and six assists as well.
A Mitchell kill in the first set put QC ahead by a 5-4 margin before Jefferson (1-2) re-took the lead on a Logan Dontell kill---one of her team-high eleven kills in the match. Jefferson led 11-8 following a kill from Amber Johnson and the Rams went on a 7-3 run punctuated by a block from Dontell and Mariah Cadzow to go up 18-11. Jefferson surged forward to a 25-17 victory in the opening set; the Rams raced out to an 11-3 lead in the second set as Amber Kress notched four kills in the opening fourteen points. Jefferson continued to lead, building up a 19-7 cushion and Dontell hit back-to-back kills to end the second frame with Jefferson winning 25-14.
QC led 7-4 in the third set and 11-8 after a Mitchell kill, but Jefferson stormed back to tie the match at 18-all and then at 21-all. Following an attack error, Dontell recorded another kill and Courtney Wensel punctuated the match-winning kill to give the Rams the sweep.
Caldwell 3, Queens (N.Y.) 0: 25-14, 25-13, 25-18
Both teams hit particularly well in the opening set, with QC collecting a .214 hitting percentage (ten kills, four errors in 28 attempts). Unfortunately for the Knights, Caldwell's hitting percentage doubled that statistic (.483, 16 kills in 29 attempts). A kill from Hollis evened the score at 5-5 but the Cougars (1-4) scored 13 straight points in the frame with Elise Smith notching four kills in the run as Queens (0-4) could not come back from that deficit. The second set featured the Cougars racing out to an 11-4 lead before the Knights stormed back. Mitchell, Hollis and Danielle Agbonifino each recorded a kill as Queens came back within an 11-9 deficit but Caldwell scored 14 of the next 18 points to win by a 25-13. In the third set, Caldwell led by a 13-8 score until Queens scored four straight points and came close to tying the contest. QC was down 19-18 following a kill by Hollis but the Cougars scored six straight points to win the match.
Hollis had a team-high nine kills as Mitchell added six kills and Briana Green chipped in four. Matthews had 17 assists and Giacalone added 10 digs in the losing effort.
The Knights will head to Southern Connecticut State on Tuesday night to face the Owls at 7 p.m.