MANCHESTER, N.H. – Behind a combined 26 kills from freshman Briana Green and sophomore Cassidy Stewart, the Queens College volleyball team looked for a non-conference win at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Friday night, but the Knights fell short in a 3-2 heartbreaking defeat. The Penmen took it by set scores of 24-26, 27-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-7.
With the setback, Queens falls to 3-9 on the year, while SNHU moves to 5-9.
Green tallied a season-high 13 kills along with five blocks, while Stewart also had 13 kills as well as three service aces and three blocks. Senior Kristen Moore posted her fifth double-double of the season with 43 assists, 10 digs, two blocks and two aces, and classmate Reggie Anthony had a career-high six aces to go with 24 digs.
Green was the difference maker for the Knights early, as she had five kills and three blocks in the first set alone. A service ace by junior Leeks Hollis, and kills by Green and sophomore Lauren Kehoe had Queens up by two early on. However, the Penmen flipped the switch with a 7-3 run to take a two-point lead of their own, 10-8.
From there, it was a back-and-forth slugfest, with the set being tied up on 10 different occasions down the stretch. First, an Anita Sengara kill tied it at 10 all, and later, Stewart's ace kept it tied, 15-15. Two kills by Green helped Queens keep the score even until kills by Stewart and Hollis gave the Knights the lead, 21-20, their first since it was 5-3, forcing the Penmen into a timeout. SNHU shook it off though, and faced set point at 24-23. Two errors by SNHU helped give Queens a 25-24 advantage, and then Green and Kehoe blocked Marisa Coronis' attack to clinch a 26-24 win.
After the Knights took a 2-0 lead to start the second set, SNHU reeled off five straight points to take a three-point lead. the remainder of the set was even for the most part, as the highest lead was just three by SNHU on two more occasions. Queens fought back with a 6-2 run capped off by kills from Stewart and Kehoe to take an 8-7 lead. With Queens still up by one at 9-8, SNHU put together a 6-2 run to jump in front, 14-11.
The Knights stormed back with a 6-2 run of their own, as Stewart's kill handed Queens a 17-16 lead. The Penmen pushed back, leading 22-20, but Green earned a kill, and Anthony served up an ace shortly after to go up, 23-22. After SNHU held match point, 24-23 and 25-24, Stewart tied things up at 25 all, but a Jaclyn Maguire kill closed out a 27-25 set win for SNHU.
The third set was just as tight, and the Penmen took a 7-6 lead after a pair of Knight errors. Queens then took a 9-7 lead after a quick 3-0 run on a kill by Hollis, and ace by Stewart and a kill by Stewart. Green gave Queens an 11-10 lead with a kill, but SNHU followed with four straight points. The Penmen remained on top the rest of the way, however, despite Queens coming within one at 24-23 on a kill by Green, but Amanda Costales' kill sealed a 25-23 win for SNHU.
Queens came out blazing in the fourth set, leaping out to leads of 5-0 and 9-1, with Anthony registering two quick aces. SNHU chipped away to come within three at 12-9 before an ace by Moore concluded a 3-0 run for Queens, forcing the Penmen into a timeout down 15-9. Anthony served up two more aces to give the Knights a 19-13 advantage, but the Penmen worked it back to a 21-18 score. Queens closed out the set on a 4-1 run behind a kill by junior Nicoletta DiCocco and an ace by Stewart to take a 25-19 win, forcing a fifth set.
In the final set, a kill by DiCocco tied the set up, 6-6, before SNHU went on a 3-0 run to go ahead. Hollis notched a kill to make it a two-point set, 9-7, but the Penmen ended the match by scoring the final six points capped off by back-to-back aces by Kathleen Schurman.
Kehoe totaled nine kills, seven digs and five blocks for the Knights. Hollis added eight kills, 12 digs and three aces as well. The Penmen posted a .239 hitting percentage, besting the Knights' .151 clip.
Queens will remain in New Hampshire for the Saint Anselm Tri-Match on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Knights will face Merrimack College at 1 p.m. followed by a match against Saint Anselm College right after.