DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Queens College volleyball team racked up nine service aces, as the Knights earned their first East Coast Conference (ECC) win of the season Tuesday night, sweeping Mercy on the road, 3-0. The set scores were 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.
With the win, Queens improves to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the ECC, while Mercy falls to 3-13 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Junior Leeks Hollis led the Knights with 10 kills, five digs and one service ace. Sophomore Cassidy Stewart posted eight kills on an impressive .571 hitting percentage to go with season highs of four blocks, four digs and three aces. Meanwhile, senior Kristen Moore tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 26 assists, 14 digs and three blocks.
The first set was tight throughout, but Queens was able to stay on top for most of it. With the score tied 3-3, kills by sophomore Anita Sengara and Hollis propelled the Knights into the lead. With the score knotted up again, this time at 14-14, Stewart notched a kill and later served up an ace to give Queens an 18-15 advantage. Mercy hung tight at 20-19, but the Mavericks committed crucial errors down the stretch, and Queens ended the set on a 5-1 run to take the 25-20 win.
It was all Mavericks to begin the second set, as the Knights fell behind, 6-1. An ace by senior Reggie Anthony and a kill by Sengara brought Queens within four at 8-4, but Mercy followed with a 4-0 run to take a commanding 12-4 lead. The Knights chipped away, as a kill by Stewart made it a 13-7 set, but again the Mavericks answered to take a 16-7 lead, forcing a Queens timeout.
The Knights gathered themselves out of the break, as junior Nicoletta DiCocco recorded a pair of kills over a 6-1 run for Queens. Just moments later, kills by DiCocco and Stewart along with a DiCocco ace suddenly brought Queens within one at 19-18. Just two points later, kills by Stewart and Hollis tied the set up at 20-20. Stewart recorded back-to-back aces, while the Mavericks had two service errors, as Queens snagged the second set, 25-23.
Queens came out strong in the third set and showed dominance down the stretch. An Anthony ace paved the way for Queens to take a 6-2 lead early on, and later, three kills by Hollis helped the Knights take a commanding 12-6 lead. Mercy wasn't about to roll over, however, going on a 5-1 run to come within two at 13-11. The difference remained two at 16-14 before two kills by Stewart and a kill by Hollis gave the Knights a 19-15 lead. After Mercy made it 19-16, Queens caught fire, scoring the final six points of the match to take the set, 25-16.
Hollis had seven kills in the final set alone, and her 10 kills for the match tied her season high. Anthony had a match-high 20 digs as well as four assists and a season-high three aces. DiCocco and Sengara each added six kills apiece as well, while freshman Briana Green had a season-best six blocks.
The Knights are right back at it on Wednesday, Oct. 4, when they host ECC foe Bridgeport inside Fitzgerald Gymnasium at 7 p.m.