It was a successful Sunday for the College of Staten Island women’s volleyball, as the Dolphins swept a tri-match over Washington Adventist University and St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn earlier this afternoon at the College of New Rochelle. CSI first turned back the Shock of WAU, 3-0, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-11, and 25-11. After that, the Dolphins defeated St. Joseph’s (BK) for the second time this season, 3-1, winning by final scores of 26-24, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16. The wins pulled the Dolphins to 5-3 overall, while SJC evened to 3-5 and WAU fell to 0-4.
In the opener, the Dolphins trailed briefly early, but took over, helped along by three straight Selma Kolenovic aces, to storm to a win. Save for falling behind 1-0 in the third stanza, CSI never trailed again in the entire match, using a crisp .254 attack percentage to ward off the Shock in the neutral site contest.
Kolenovic would finish with a team high 9 kills, adding five aces and six digs. Pola Poskrobka tallied eight kills, while Siobhan Granich added five. Both Brittany Minondo and Vanessa Reyes led the way with six aces. WAU was led by Adriana Mitchell’s three kills and Alejandra Campos’ 12 digs.
Things were a lot tighter in CSI’s second matchup against the Bears. SJC led early in the first set, 11-4, before CSI mounted a steady comeback. Later, down 17-10, CSI went on a 9-1 run to take the lead, 19-18, powered by three Poskrobko kills. Up 23-21, CSI gave away three straight points, but a couple of SJC errors gave CSI a 25-24 lead and Kolenovic dialed up a kill to stake CSI to a 1-0 lead in sets.
CSI led wire-to-wire in the second frame, building up an early 17-6 lead and never looking back. In the third set, SJC refused to go down quietly. Down 17-13, the Bears came back with an 11-4 run. CSI battled to close to 24-23, but a Kolenovic service error kept the Bears in it.
CSI was able to take the match in the decisive fourth set. Again, SJC went up early, but CSI countered by going on a 12-4 run to sprint to a 14-7 lead. CSI was able to trade points successfully from there and at the end, a couple of Poskrobko kills and a SJC error gave CSI the win.
The Dolphins were led by Poskrobko’s 15 kills, followed by 13 from Kolenovic. Minondo scored a season-high 33 assists, while Poskrobko added a team high four aces. Victoria Wong led the show with 21 digs. SJC got a whopping 27 kills from Lauren GaNun, and 16 digs from Shannon Rom.
CSI is back in action on Wednesday, hosting the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 7pm at the Sports & Recreation Center.