The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball squad is back in action tonight, trying to get back in the win column when they travel to face Medgar Evers College in the second of two meetings this season, this one not counting towards the conference standings.
CSI vs. MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (1-5) vs. Medgar Evers College (0-8)
Where: Medgar Evers College – 1150 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 30-11
Last Meeting: 9/9/17 – CSI won 3-0
Players to Watch (CSI): Caitlin Esposito continues to lead the way for CSI as she has 23 kills this year, 11 of which came last week in matches against Cairn and Hunter. Cassidy Iannariello had an outstanding match against Hunter, where she tallied a CSI career high 15 digs defensively, keeping the Dolphins invested in many volleys. Margaret O’Malley-Rebovich did an admirable job defensively against Hunter in CSI’s home debut last week, blocking down three shots in a solo effort. Look for those players to guide the Dolphins tonight against the Cougars.
Players to Watch (MEC): Melisa Wright is the team leader thus far with 16 kills, while Shania Laguerre and Kaina Bazard have 12 and 10 respectively in two less matches played. Those three anchors also lead the way defensively with a combined 127 digs and Wright also leads the each in aces as well with eight.
News and Notes: This is already the second match of the season between these two teams, as they met back on September 9 at Brooklyn College as part of the CUNYAC schedule. CSI won the matchup, 3-0, by scores of 25-14, 25-9, 25-16. Alexandria Boachie-Ansah led all Dolphins with seven kills, six service aces and 10 defensive digs. Shaina Laguerre countered for MEC with five kills. CSI has now won five in a row in the series dating back to 2014. The Dolphins are 8-5 all-time against MEC on the road, but this is the first road game the Dolphins are playing at Medgar Evers since the 2010 season. The last eight meetings have either been on neutral ground or at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center. CSI is on a three-game skid and would sure like to cap the losing streak they are on, while MEC is in a deeper hole having lost their last 70 matches dating back to the 2014 season. Their last win came on 9/30/14.