Volleyball Falls to Daemen In Straight Sets

Volleyball Falls to Daemen In Straight Sets

AMHERST, N.Y. - Despite showing fight in the first set, the Queens College women's volleyball fell in straight sets (27-25, 25-19, 25-13) to the Wildcats of Daemen College. On the season, the Knights now stand at 5-17 overall, and 1-8 in ECC play, while the Wildcats are in a close race for the top seed in conference as they improved to 16-6 overall and 8-1 in league action.

The first set was an exciting back and forth affair as neither team was able to pull away. The Wildcats took an early 3-0 lead but the Knights later answered with six straight points to take a 8-5 lead following a kill by freshman Lauren Kehoe.  After senior Tori Bowser's kill tied the match at 19, Ashley Drzymala's back-to-back kills gave the Wildcats a two point lead. But the Knights refused to go away despite facing set point. Sophomore Malaika Hollis and Kehoe's kills brought the match to another tie. However, a pair of attacking errors by the Knights gave the set to the home team. 

The Knights held an early 10-7 lead in the second set before the Wildcats took a 13-11 lead they would not surrender. Following a time out by Queens, Kehoe kill's cut the lead by one (14-13) but were unable to make any more inroads to the deficit as Daemen pulled away with the second set 25-19.

In the third set, the Knights were unable to answer as the Wildcats increased their lead 10-4. A service error brought QC within four, 12-8, but the Wildcats took the match as the Knights could not find any offense in the third set to trouble the Wildcats. The Knights fell 25-13 in the third set. 

Junior Kristen Moore led the Knights with 31 assists, while classmate Ragina Anthony recorded 14 digs. Hollis recorded 11 digs and four kills. Bowser paced Queens with nine kills.

UP NEXT: The Knights stay on the road as they return to action on Tuesday Oct. 25 to face Mercy College with first serve slated for 7:00 pm.