BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Sophomore Cassidy Stewart recorded her first career double-double, but the Queens College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 East Coast Conference (ECC) contest at Bridgeport Thursday evening. The set scores were 25-18, 25-13, 25-22.
Queens drops to 5-16 overall (2-10 ECC), while the Purple Knights of Bridgeport move to 12-13 overall and 8-4 in the conference.
Stewart gathered a career-high 13 digs to go with 11 kills for the Knights. Fellow sophomore Anita Sengara chipped in with nine kills and eight digs, while registering two service aces. Senior setter Kristen Moore added 26 assists and four digs as well.
The Purple Knights ran out to a quick 6-2 lead in the first set, but the Knights answered with a 4-1 run to pull back within one. Bridgeport took a three-point lead and held the advantage by as much as eight at 22-14. Two aces by Sengara then sparked a 4-1 lead, but it was too late, as Bridgeport secured a 25-18 win.
Again, it was Bridgeport taking the early lead in the second set, 4-1. From there, a kill by Sengara began a 6-2 run for the Knights, capped off by a Stewart kill to put Queens on top, 7-6. The Purple Knights then went on a tear, pushing an 18-4 run to a 24-11 set lead, which was too much to overcome for Queens.
In the final set, Bridgeport leaped out to leads of 7-2 and 12-6 before Queens could get on track. Two kills by Stewart, and kills by Sengara and sophomore Lauren Kehoe then put the Knights on a 6-2 run, bringing the deficit to two at 14-12. However, the Purple Knights followed with a 6-2 run of their own to take a 20-14 lead. The Knights never gave in and nearly pulled all the way back, as three Stewart kills led a run for the Knights that brought the deficit down to just two, but the Purple Knights edged out a three-point win.
With the road portion of their schedule behind them, the Knights return to host three consecutive home matches to finish off the season. Action begins when Queens hosts Pace on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.