Knights Drop Home Match to ECC-Leading Lions

Knights Drop Home Match to ECC-Leading Lions

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College volleyball team hosted East Coast Conference (ECC) leader Molloy College, dropping a 3-0 decision at home on Wednesday evening. The set scores were 25-21, 25-17, 25-17.

With the win, the Lions improve to 14-2 overall on the season and 3-0 in the ECC, while the setback puts Queens at 2-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Junior Leeks Hollis led the Knights with 10 kills and four digs, while classmate Nicoletta DiCocco tallied nine kills, six digs and a block. Senior setter Kristen Moore posted 29 assists, two kills, two digs, an ace and a block.

Molloy set the tone in the first set, leaping out to an 8-3 lead behind four kills from Carly Banks. Queens cut the lead down to 9-6 after a kill by sophomore Cassidy Stewart, but the Lions went on a 5-2 run to take a 14-8 lead, forcing a Queens timeout. Trailing 18-10 at one point, the Knights stormed back with a quick 4-1 run capped off by a Hollis kill to come within five. After two points for the Lions, the Knights went off for a 6-0 run, as Stewart slammed home a kill to pull Queens within just one at 21-20. However, Banks notched two more kills to lead the Lions to the 25-21 set win.

The Knights took a 2-0 lead early in the second set before the Lions reeled off six straight points to take the lead. Later, back-to-back kills by sophomore Anita Sengara cut the Molloy lead to 9-6, but that was as close as Queens would come. The Lions followed with a 7-2 run to take a commanding 16-8 lead. A DiCocco kill made it a 19-14 set score, but Molloy scored three straight points and ultimately took a 25-17 decision.

Both teams went back-and-forth to start the third set, and kills by DiCocco and Hollis brought Queens within two at 7-5. Sophomore Lauren Kehoe kept the differential at two with a kill six points later, and the difference stayed at two in favor of the Lions at 16-14. From there, Molloy went on a 4-0 run to take a 20-14 lead, which forced a Queens timeout. Kacey Affrunti then posted two kills to help the Lions close it out, 25-17.

Sengara and Stewart each posted six kills apiece. Banks led the Lions with 15 kills. Molloy had five service aces and not a single service error, while Queens committed eight service errors.

Queens will travel to Mercy College on Tuesday, Oct. 3, for a 7 p.m. ECC match next.