FLUSHING, N.Y. - After winning the first two sets, the Queens College volleyball team failed to close out the visiting Wildcats of Daemen College, dropping the final three sets and the match in five overall Sunday afternoon at FitzGerald Gymnasium. Set scores were 16-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-11.
On Sunday afternoon, Queens started the first set strong as they jumped out to an early 12-7 lead, resulting in a timeout by Daemen. But the Knights refused to let the timeout throw them off balance, and grabbed a seven-point lead following a Wildcats service error. After junior Kristen Moore's ace pushed the Knights ahead 23-15 lead, two attacking errors by the Wildcats gave the Knights the first set win.
The Knights continued their first set dominance into the second as they took another early lead (13-8), forcing Daemen to take a timeout. Senior Tori Bowser's kill gave the Knights a 19-13 lead before the Wildcats attempted a comeback. Three straight errors cut Queens' lead to four (20-16) forcing a Knights timeout to settle down. Bowser's back to back kills put the Knights into set point (24-18) before a Wildcats service error put the Knights up 2-0.
Looking to close out the match, Queens fell into an early hole as Daemen took a 7-2 lead before the Knights attempted a comeback. Sophomore Malaika Hollis kill brought the Knights within one (15-14) before they found themselves down by three. Classmate Nicoletta DiCocco's kill once again brought the set close as they found themselves within one (22-21) but were unable to get any closer as Daemen scored the final three points.
Heading to the fourth set, Queens fell into a quick 4-1 hole, forcing Coach Octave to take a timeout. Coming out of the break, Queens scored five straight points on kills by Hollis and Bowser. Errors wrote the story of the fourth set as Queens took a six-point lead (16-10) resulting in a Daemen timeout. Freshman Lauren Kehoe's kill put the Knights up 19-14 before they conceded three straight points as the Wildcats cut the lead into two. Queens faltered to close the set out as Daemen tied the match following a Cristina Apostol kill.
Heading into the deciding set, Queens saw themselves down early (6-2) forcing a timeout. Looking to add a last few point drama into the match, Queens cut the deficit to three (12-9) with a DiCocco kill. But Daemen completed the comeback courtesy of an Ashley Drzymala kill.
Queens outplayed Daemen in the first two sets as they hit a whopping .523% to Daemen's .126%, but ran out of gas as Daemen hit .562% in the deciding set to Queens' .176%. Moore led the Knights with 43 assists, seven digs, while Bowser totaled 11 kills. DiCocco paced the Knights with a match-high 13 kills and seven digs. Hollis helped herself to 10 kills.
UP NEXT: The Knights continue conference action on Tuesday night, Sept. 27 when they play host to the visiting Mavericks of Mercy College with the first serve at 7:00 pm.