The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball squad dropped a tough, non-conference, match on the road tonight, falling in straight-sets to Farmingdale College.  The Rams took the game by scores of 25-20, 25-18, and 25-16.  The Dolphins dipped to 7-9 overall, while Farmingdale pushed their record up to 10-17.

The Dolphins controlled things in the first frame, getting ahead early thanks to three-straight attack errors by the Rams, and CSI held the lead until midway through 14-12, before the Rams made their move.  Farmingdale went on a 10-3 run from there, prompted by two Sarah Palladino kills and a pair of service aces.  CSI would cut the lead to 23-20, but the Rams closed from there, ending it on a Palladino ace.

CSI again was able to get ahead in the second frame, only this time; the Rams finished the second set on a 16-3 run to end the match at 25-18.  A Siobhan Granich kill gave the Dolphins their largest lead at 15-9, but the Rams would score the next six points on Francesca Calderon’s serve.  After CSI took a 17-15 lead, again the Rams countered and they would go on to score the final seven points in the stanza, aided by two Palladino kills and two Christina Hickey service aces.

Unlike the first two sets, the Rams led from the get-go in the third set, taking a 5-1 lead early on a Palladino ace.  Again Farmingdale closed strong.  Two straight Selma Kolenovic aces for the Dolphins cut FSC’s lead to 19-15, but from there the Rams closed on a 6-1 run to end things after just three sets.

Kolenovic led the Dolphins with eight kills, followed by Granich’s six.  Pola Poskrobko added three aces, while Victoria Wong led all players with 24 digs.  Palladino led all with 11 kills for FSC while Maia Cadie-Hinton finished with 10.  Palladino also added a team-high four aces and finished with 10 digs.

CSI will be back in action on Friday, taking on Kings College (PA) in another road, non-conference match, at 6pm.