Knights Drop Five Set Thriller To LIU Post

Knights Drop Five Set Thriller To LIU Post

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Led by junior Kristen Moore's fifth double-double of the season, the Queens College women's volleyball was defeated in an electrifying five set thriller (25-16, 21-25, 25-14, 24-26, 15-8) Friday evening in East Coast Conference action. With the loss, the Knight moved to 3-13 overall, 1-5 ECC, while the Pioneers improved to 5-10 overall, 2-4 in conference action.

In the first set, the Knights saw themselves down early as the Pioneers took eight straight points to open an 8-1 lead before a kill by freshman Lauren Kehoe broke the streak. A kill by sophomore Nicoletta DiCocco brought Queens within two (13-11) but LIU Post ran away with the first set after an attacking error gave the Pioneers the first set win 25-16.

The second set played a twist as the Knights took the early lead 8-2 following a kill by senior Tori Bowser, forcing the Pioneers to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Knights kept the same tempo as they pushed on the points. A kill by sophomore Malaika Hollis pushed the lead to seven (13-6) as the Pioneers attempted a comeback. Boswer's kill tied the match at a set apiece as the Knights won 25-21.

The third set started out in the same fashion as Queens took another early lead of 6-2. This time the Pioneers were successful in their comeback as they took the lead following back-to-back attacking errors by the Knights. Errors played an unpleasant role in the third set for the Knights as they conceded the stanza 25-14 and trailed 2-1.

The fourth set got the fans buzzing in the stands at FitzGerald Gymnasium as the Knights made their comeback into the match after trailing 11-5 following another QC error. Another Kehoe kill brought the Knights within one (14-13) before a Pioneers attacking error tied the set at 14. Both teams traded points after point with neither team willing to concede. Following a kill by Taryn McCullouch brought the set at match point with the score reading 24-21, the Knights made their comeback. A kill by Bowser got Queens within two, before an attacking error by McCullouch cut the deficit down to one. The Pioneers conceded the set point following another attacking error just before Moore's service ace tied the match at 2-2 to complete the set comeback.

The Pioneers jumped out to another lead 7-3 resulting in a timeout to be taken by Queens. However the deficit proved to be enough as LIU Post picked up the win following a Rachel Londot kill. The back and forth match was going to leave one team heart broken.

Moore led the Knights with her fifth double-doubled as she recorded 37 assists and 17 digs. Four Knights recorded double figures in kills as freshman Cassidy Stewart led the Knights with 12 kills, followed by DiCocco and Hollis recording 11 kills apiece and Bowser racking up 10 kills. Junior Ragina Anthony recorded a match high 22 digs. Londot led the Pioneers with her third double-double of the season racking up game high 17 kills and 14 digs.

UP NEXT: The Knights have a quick turnaround, traveling to Brookville Saturday to face the Skyhawks of Stonehill College (7-7) with the showdown set for 2:00 pm.