Volleyball Shows Heart In Five Set Thriller

Volleyball Shows Heart In Five Set Thriller

NEW HAVEN, CT- On Friday evening from Pelz Gym, the Queens College women's volleyball team (2-7) dropped a five-set drama-filled thriller 3-2 (25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18, 15-13) to the Southern Connecticut State University Owls (6-5) in non-conference action. 

In the first set, Queens found themselves quickly behind 12-4 before head coach Jason Octave was forced to take a timeout to get the Knights to regroup. After the timeout, the Knights cut the deficit down to three points (16-13) before the Owls took a timeout of their own. The Owls increased their lead out of the timeout to 19-13 before the Knights had to take their last timeout following a kill by Faith Ford. Sophomore Nicoletta DiCocco tied the first set at 22-22 with one of her team-high 18 kills. The Owls took the first set (25-23) following a QC attacking error.

The second set saw Queens quickly fall behind 4-0, forcing another early timeout for the Knights. Coming out of the timeout, Queens traded points before getting undone as Southern Connecticut took a quick lead to win the second set 25-18. Down two sets, QC staged a comeback by winning the third set (27-25) which saw a back forth battle between both teams. After a kill by DiCocco pushed the Knights ahead 26-25, SCSU's Nicole Hauser's attacking error extended the match into a fourth set.

The fourth set was another back and forth struggle of points between both teams. A kill by sophomore Malaika Hollis gave QC a 16-13 lead, forcing a timeout by Southern Connecticut State. Coming out of the timeout, the Knights outscored the Owls 9-5 and forced the deciding set on DiCocco's second ace of the match.

Throughout the contest, the Knights showed heart as they fought back looking to break their five-game losing streak but came up short. The fifth set saw both teams trading points as neither team was willing to give the other team a huge lead. However, the Knights comeback fell short after an attacking error set up the match point (14-13) for the Owls. Leanna Jadus closed out the match with an ace. With the win over the Knights, the Owls holds an 8-6 edge in the all-time series.

Junior Kristen Moore recorded her third double-double of the season recording a season-high 43 assists and 16 digs. Senior Ragina Anthony led both teams with a match-high 24 digs.  Jadus paced the Owls, securing a double-double with 17 digs and 19 kills.

UP NEXT: The Knights return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Saint Anselm College (7-1) for a 2:00 pm showdown. Saint Anselm holds a 2-1 edge in their three previous matchups.