FLUSHING, N.Y. - The fans inside Fitzgerald Gymnasium could not blink an eye with the highest scoring set of the season for the Queens College volleyball team happening right in front of them. With each point exchanged back and forth and victory close at hand, senior Tori Bowser's kill set up the match point before a Bridgeport attacking error gave the Knights a 31-29 third set win and a three set victory.
As the season nears the latter part, the race for the fourth seed gets interesting as the Knights improved their record to 7-17 overall, 3-8 in conference play, while Bridgeport dropped to 11-10 overall, 8-2 in conference. The set scores were 25-14, 25-22 31-29.
The Knights came out strong in the first set as they took a 9-5 lead following sophomore Malaika Hollis' kill to force a Purple Knights timeout. Queens refused to let the timeout unnerve them as sophomore Nicoletta DiCocco pushed the lead to six with two service aces in a row. Freshman Cassidy Stewart gave the Knights their biggest lead of the first set as Queens went up by 10, 19-9. Bowser's kill pushed Queens to set point before senior Ragina Anthony's kill gave the Knights a 1-0 match lead. The 14 points scored tied the season low for the Purple Knights since their second game of the season on September 9, 2016.
The second set was a prequel of what was to come in the third set. The second set started as a back and forth swing before the Purple Knights pushed out to a 7-5 lead, but QC refused to give up. The Knights pushed across the next five points to take a 10-7 lead, forcing UB to take a timeout. But the Knights did not let up as they pushed on to a 23-19 lead following another kill by Stewart. Junior Kristen Moore's service ace gave the Knights a set point before a Purple Knights attacking error put QC in the driving seat with a 2-0 lead.
The third set saw each team exchange points back and forth with neither team letting up. The Purple Knights held a three point lead early on before the Knights fought back. A kill by Hollis tied the set at 10 before QC pushed on to take a three point lead of its own. With the Knights leading 19-16, Bridgeport called a timeout which started a sequence of back and forth point exchanging as a Claire Anderson kill tied the set at 20. Both teams refused to give up as the Fitzgerald Gymnasium crowd took in the see-saw match. But QC refused to let their early hard work go to waste as Bowser took the deciding set into her hands with a kill to set up the match point. The deciding point start a rally before an Anderson error completed the sweep for the Knights.
Moore paced Queens College with her eighth double double of the season with 44 assists and 10 digs. DiCocco racked up her fourth double double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs and three service aces. Bowser paced the team with 10 kills, while Anthony recorded 13 digs.
UP NEXT: Looking to stay in the postseason race, the Knights return to conference action on Tuesday Nov. 1 as they travel to Rockville Center, N.Y. to face Molloy College with first serve set for 6:00 pm.