A week after sweeping a two game set at the St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn campus, the College of Staten Island women’s volleyball dropped a pair of matches at St. Joseph’s Long Island, falling to the hosts and Newbury College. CSI lost the opener over the home Golden Eagles, 3-1 by scores of 9-25, 14-25, 25-18, and 15-25, before falling to Newbury, 3-0, by scores of 24-26, 14-25, and 22-25. CSI fell to 5-6 overall, and are on a three-game skid overall.
In the opener, CSI was flat as a board in the early-going, falling behind, 12-2, early before succumbing, 25-9. A Pola Poskrobko kill got CSI off to a fresh start in the second, but a 10-2 run by the Eagles, spearheaded by three Heather Ferchland kills, gave SJC the overwhelming win again.
CSI got on the board for their only win of the afternoon with a strong performance in game three against the Eagles. A Brittany Minondo ace and another kill by Poskrobko opened up a 9-9 tie to give CSI a 14-9 lead and later, the Dolphins clinched the game, 25-18, on yet another Minondo ace. Unfortunately, the Dolphins could not sustain the momentum and fell in the final set, 25-15.
Poskrobko and Selma Kolenovic each had six kills in the loss, while Victoria Wong led the charge defensively with 14 digs. Minondo finished with a game-high four aces. Ferchland led all scorers with eight kills.
In the second matchup, CSI had a nice 14-9 lead after a Vanessa Reyes ace, but a big run by NC spoiled the effort, and although CSI rallied from behind 24-21 to tie the game, Newbury was able to score the next two to score a 26-24 win in the opener. In the second, NC stormed to a 10-4 run midway through to open up an 18-10 lead and went on to win by 10 points. In the third frame, again CSI was strong in spurts, but six Courtney Banks kills and a service ace proved too strong as Newbury prevailed, 25-22.
Banks led all with 18 kills, while Maya Umoren added 13 kills for the winners. For CSI, Kolenovic led the way with seven kills, while Minondo added two aces and Wong, 15 digs.
CSI will next be in action on Tuesday, travelling to face SUNY-Old Westbury at 6pm in another non-conference test.