MANCHESTER, N.H. – Playing in its second and third matches within a 24-hour span, the Queens College volleyball team went 1-1 at the Saint Anselm Tri-Match on Saturday, sweeping the Merrimack College Warriors before falling to the Saint Anselm College Hawks.
The Knights defeated the Warriors, 3-0, with set scores of 25-17, 25-23, 25-18. Queens then dropped a 3-0 decision to Saint Anselm, 25-23, 25-20, 25-11. With the split, the Knights moved to 4-10 overall on the season.
Queens 3, Merrimack 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18)
Freshman Briana Green posted an outstanding .900 kill percentage with nine kills and three blocks to lead the Knights to victory. Junior Nicoletta DiCocco notched a season-high five service aces, while senior setter Kristen Moore earned her sixth double-double of the season with 22 assists and 10 digs.
Queens hopped out to a 6-2 lead in the opening set before Merrimack clawed back to come within one at 8-7. The Knights then followed with four straight points capped by a DiCocco kill to take a five-point lead. The Warriors came within two at 15-13, but it was all Knights from there. Queens went on runs of 3-0 and 5-0 down the stretch, and Green slammed three kills over the final seven points to seal a 25-17 win.
Merrimack came out firing in the second set, as Katelynn Marr served up three aces to lead the Warriors to a 5-0 lead. Queens was unphased, however, following with an 8-0 run, with DiCocco firing three aces to propel the Knights to an 8-5 lead. The Knights held on to the three-point lead at 10-7, but the Warriors tallied another 5-0 run to take a 12-10 lead. Merrimack would extend the lead to 18-15 before Queens picked it up again. Two DiCocco kills helped Queens tie it up, 18-18, but Merrimack pushed the lead back to three at 22-19. However, the Knights ended the set on a 6-1 run to steal a 25-23 win.
Two early kills by Green helped the Knights take a 3-0 lead in the third set before the Warriors worked a 5-1 run to go up, 5-4. A kill by sophomore Lauren Kehoe and an ace by DiCocco put Queens back on top, and the Knights extended the lead to 13-9 after kills by DiCocco and Green, forcing a Merrimack timeout. After a kill by Marr, Queens went on a 9-1 run to take a commanding 22-11 lead. The Warriors hung in though, scoring six points in a row to make it 22-17, but a kill by sophomore Cassidy Stewart followed by two Kehoe kills wrapped up a 25-18 set win and a 3-0 sweep.
Saint Anselm 3, Queens 0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-11)
It was Saint Anselm taking the early lead in the opening set, taking advantage of Queens' errors to go up, 8-4. Two Stewart kills then sparked a 6-1 run for the Knights, as they took their first lead, 10-9. The two teams went back-and-forth from there, and the score was all tied up at 14-14 after a Saint Anselm service error. Although Queens hung in tight, the Hawks took the lead and held it, facing set point at 24-20. However, kills by Green and Stewart followed by an ace by senior Reggie Anthony suddenly brought Queens within one at 24-23, forcing a timeout by the Hawks. But Catherine McCarthy recorded the final kill of the set to take a 25-23 win.
Queens led early on in the second set, with a pair of DiCocco kills pushing the Knights in front, 4-3. After two points for the Hawks, the Knights went on a 5-1 run to take a three-point lead and held that advantage at 10-7 on a kill by Green. Saint Anselm then went on a 7-1 run to gain the advantage. A Green kill and an Anthony ace brought Queens back within one, but the Hawks clung to their lead, holding a four-point advantage at 20-16. Queens caught fire late, led by two Stewart aces, tying the set at 20 apiece. Unfortunately for the Knights, the comeback fell short, as the Hawks closed it out for a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead.
It was all Hawks in the final set, as Saint Anselm leaped out to a 6-1 set lead. The Knights cut the lead to three behind a Stewart kill to make it 6-3, but that was as close as they would come. Leading 10-5, Saint Anselm went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-point lead, and after Queens pushed back to make it 16-8, the Hawks ended the match on a 9-3 run to grab a 25-11 win, securing the 3-0 victory.
Green matched her performance from the opening match with nine kills again along with two blocks. Anthony had 14 digs and two aces, while Stewart posted five kills and two aces. The Hawks outhit the Knights, posting a .269 hitting percentage compared to Queens' .069 mark.
Following five days of rest, Queens will return to East Coast Conference play next, when the Knights travel to Roberts Wesleyan College on Friday, Oct. 13, for a 7 p.m. match.