FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College volleyball team faced a tough challenge on Tuesday night, hosting the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University from Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Despite close competition in the second and third sets, the Owls came out with a 3-0 victory in non-conference action. The set scores were 25-12, 25-22, 25-19.
Queens dropped to 1-3 with the defeat, while Southern Connecticut improved to 7-2 overall.
Sophomore newcomer Anita Sengara led the Knights with nine kills and three service aces. Classmate Lauren Kehoe added six kills, five digs and a block, while senior Kristen Moore had 19 assists and a block.
After the Owls took an early lead in the first set, the Knights went on a 4-1 run to take a 4-3 lead on a kill by Moore. Queens still hung in close, trailing 11-10, but then Southern Connecticut went off on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 23-10 lead before closing it out at 25-12.
The Knights fell behind 7-3 in the second set, but then turned things around, taking the lead after a 5-0 run capped off by back-to-back aces by Sengara. The Owls regained the lead, but an ace by senior Reggie Anthony kept Queens within one at 14-13, and a kill by Sengara three points later kept the Knights close at 16-14. However, the Owls went on a 7-2 run to take a 21-15 set lead. Queens nearly stormed all the way back, making it a 23-22 score with the crowd loudly cheering on, going on an 8-3 run to make things interesting. But kills by Alyssa Gage and Leanna Jadus ended the set at 25-22 for Southern Connecticut.
The Owls led early on in the third set, but four quick points from the Knights put them in front, 8-7. After Southern Connecticut tied it up, Queens again reeled off four straight points to take a 12-8 lead. The Knights remained ahead at 17-15 after a kill by sophomore Cassidy Stewart, but from there, the Owls ended the match on a 10-2 run to take the final set, 25-19.
Queens will head back to Philadelphia, Pa., next for road contests at Jefferson (Friday) and Chestnut Hill (Saturday).