The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball squad went to Bryn Mawr, PA this morning to take part in a tri-match which included Bryn Mawr College and Penn State University – Abington. Staten Island dropped their first match of the morning by a 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 9-25, 9-25) margin. The Dolphins took on the Lions next and fell again, this time by a score of 3-0 (15-25, 20-25, 23-25). The pair of losses drops the Dolphins to 8-16 overall.
Staten Island got off on the right foot this morning as they took a 25-21 victory over the Owls in set one despite committing six errors and only getting three kills. Once again the Dolphins were led by Selma Kolenovic with five kills in the match while also committing a team high seven errors.
Ashley Notaro hit -.050 in this match with four kills and five errors while Brittany Minondo hit a team high .333 with three kills and only one error. Minondo also recorded a team high eight assists and 13 digs.
Rosamarie Gonzalez had a down match as she only recorded one block and was tagged with a blocking error in the match. Rachel Ofili was too much for the Dolphins to handle as she bombarded their defense with 19 kills while she hit .516, the match high. Zoe Holman easily set her teammates up for success as she place the ball at the net and recorded 34 assists.
In their second match of the day the Dolphins faced Penn State – Abington and dropped that match in three straight sets.
The Dolphins were in every single set making it closer and closer as the match went on. The Dolphins hit -.045 as a team in set one with six kills and seven errors. Kolenovic upped her game in the second match and recorded 11 kills with only three errors.
In set two the Dolphins took the first two points to take a 2-0 lead before the Lions went on a 8-0 run to take an 8-2 lead that would eventually garner them the win as that lead would hold throughout the set. Staten Island did make a run towards the end of the set but by that time it was too late for a comeback.
The third and final set looked promising for the Dolphins as they led for a majority of the match until the Lions tied it up 16-16. From this point in the set the points kept going back-and-forth as the Dolphins lagged at 22 points which allowed Penn State to run away with the match.
These two matches were the final matches of the regular season for the Dolphins as they will move on to play no.3 seeded Lehman College on Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm in the CUNYAC Quarterfinals.