OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Senior Reggie Anthony recorded her 1,000th career dig, as the Queens College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 East Coast Conference (ECC) match at NYIT Wednesday night. The set scores were 25-10, 25-16, 25-20.
Queens drops to 5-13 overall and 2-7 in the ECC, while NYIT improves to 17-6 and 6-3 in league play.
Anthony, who currently sits at 1,003 digs for her career, tallied eight digs on the night to go with three assists. Sophomore Cassidy Stewart posted eight kills, four digs and a service ace, while senior Kristen Moore had 19 assists, eight digs, two kills and an ace.
The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the first set after an ace by sophomore Anita Sengara. After the Bears jumped on top, a kill by sophomore Lauren Kehoe and an NYIT error tied the set up at 7-7. A kill by freshman Briana Green helped keep the Knights within two, and Queens kept that two-point differential at 11-9. From there, it was all NYIT, as the Bears ended the set on a 14-1 run.
Queens took a 2-0 lead again in the second set before three kills by Tiffany Verni and two kills from Kylee Kanealey helped the Bears to a 7-4 advantage. A pair of Green kills kept Queens close, trailing 9-7, but NYIT went on an 11-1 run to take a commanding 20-8 lead. Four kills by Stewart helped Queens go on a 7-4 run, but it was too late, as the Bears claimed a 25-16 set win.
In the final set, the Knights battled and once more held an early lead at 3-2. However, the Bears followed with a 5-0 run and later used a 9-0 run to take charge of the set, 16-5. Trailing 18-7, Queens wouldn't give up easily, going on a 7-2 run to pull within six at 20-14. After two kills by the Bears, Stewart registered two kills and an ace, and Moore tallied a kill to force an NYIT timeout with the deficit suddenly at four, 23-19. However, errors proved costly for Queens at the end, and NYIT sealed the deal.
NYIT posted a .429 kill percentage compared to .112 for Queens. Kehoe had seven kills and five digs, while Green notched six kills and a block.
Queens will have a week to regroup, traveling to Molloy College next on Wednesday, Oct. 25, for a 6 p.m. match.