The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball team fell for the second straight time tonight, falling short to SUNY-Maritime in the Bronx, NY, as part of non-conference play, 3-1. Individual scores were 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, and 25-20. The loss brought CSI to 5-7 overall, while the Privateers lifted to 8-7.
In the opener, the Dolphins found themselves down early, 6-2, before coming back to take a 9-8 lead on a Selma Kolenovic kill. Later, a pair of kills and services aces from Vanessa Reyes gave CSI a commanding 21-14 lead, and from there, CSI was able to score an opening-set win.
The Privateers rebounded to take the second set. The home squad got off to a 4-0 lead, and later, Maritime took complete control when they extended to 14-6. Down 24-13, CSI made a little noise, scoring four straight before the Privateers took the game, 25-17.
In a crucial third set, Maritime took momentum by racing out to a modest lead. The pivotal moment came with the score 9-8. Two kills by Shannon Brady helped the Privateers post a 5-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. CSI rallied back, going on a 7-0 run to take a 21-17 lead moments later, sparked by two kills each from Reyes and Siobhan Granich. But Maritime would have the last run. Down 23-20, they soared to five straight points to upset the Dolphins, 25-23.
The loss seemed to take the wind out of the Dolphins’ sails, and the Privateers scored a 25-20 win to seal things up in the fourth set. Ironically, it was another five-straight points with the score tied at 20-20 that would win in for the Privateers.
Granich led all CSI attackers with 11 kills, adding four digs. Reyes finalized with six kills and a team-high 19 digs, while Brittany Minondo was the assist leader with 31. The Privateers were paced by Carly Lombardo’s 19 kills and 19 digs. Shannon Brady was equally damaging, with 18 kills and 20 digs. Erika Bailey settled with 43 assists.
CSI’s next game will be on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm, when they travel to Newburgh, NY, to take on Mount Saint Mary College.