FLUSHING, N.Y. – After capturing the first set, the Queens College volleyball team (2-9, ECC 0-1) dropped the next three sets (27-25, 25-16, 25-20) to the visiting Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan (4-6, ECC 1-0) in the Knights' East Coast Conference opener Saturday afternoon.
The Redhawks jumped out to an early lead (6-1) in the first set before the Knights staged a comeback. Junior Kristen Moore's service ace tied the game at 12. Queens pulled away with three straight points to take a 19-15 lead, a lead they would keep as Moore set up freshman Cassidy Stewart's kill to take set one.
The second set was a thriller throughout as the teams traded points back and forth. The Knights led 16-13 after a kill from senior Ragina Anthony which resulted in a timeout by the Redhawks. Out of the timeout, Queens took a seven point lead before a Queens attacking error cut the lead to 22-18. Queens took a quick timeout to regroup, but to no avail as Roberts Wesleyan made a comeback to take the second set 27-25.
Following a close second set, the Knights fell into a quick 6-0 hole forcing Coach Octave to take a timeout. The Knights committed 16 errors in the third set as they were unable to recover from the early hole to drop the third set (25-16). After being rattled in the third set, the Knights fell into another early hole 4-1 before a kill by Stewart brought the Knights within one. Queens played behind the whole set as the Knights cut the deficit to four after an attacking error by the Redhawks. The Knights dropped the match and set after an attacking error.
Moore led the Knights with 31 assists, while Stewart led the squad with a game high 12 kills. Senior Tori Bowser racked up 12 kills and Anthony paced the Knights with 19 digs. Alexandre Tahauri posted a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs for the Redhawks.
UP NEXT: Staying home, the Knights will look to regroup Sunday afternoon, Sept 25 as they face conference foe Daemen College (7-5, ECC 1-0) with first serve set for 12:00 pm.