The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball team’s losing streak hit a season-long five games this afternoon as they suffered a pair of losses at home as part of non-conference play.  First CSI fell to Delaware Valley University, 3-0, by individual scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-20.  After DVU fell to Farmingdale State College in the next match, FSC then made it two-straight with a win over CSI by scores of 25-13, 25-10, and 25-12.  With the pair of losses CSI fell to 3-13 overall.  The Rams of Farmingdale lifted to 11-7 overall, while DVU moved to 3-8.

CSI got off to a flying start in the opening set against Delaware Valley, stretching to a 7-2 advantage before the Aggies asked for timeout.  A kill by Alexandria Boachie-Ansah and Margaret O’Malley-Rebovic paced CSI early.  But the timeout served the Aggies well, and they responded with an 11-2 run, helped by two Taylor Klecan aces.  CSI got to within 14-12 on a Jessica Cafiero ace, but the Aggies again made a run, this time 7-1 on the heels of two Klecan kills to put the set out of reach.

In the second set, three early aces by Kate Woolsey gave the visitors an early 6-2 advantage.  CSI kept pace, however and two Caitlin Esposito kills narrowed the lead in the middle stages to just 14-13.  Again, DVU asked for time and followed up with a run, scoring four-straight, which included two more aces by Woolsey.  A kill by Teresa Maresca made it 18-14, but DVU came to life again to the tune of a 7-1 run to end the second set.

In the third and final frame, CSI pulled out ahead early, this time 6-2, before a DVU timeout.  CSI continued to play strong and led 13-9, but a 7-3 run would ultimately knot the score at 16-16 on a Danielle McKelvey kill.  CSI would keep it close but a 4-0 spurt by the Aggies made it 22-18 and later a Jess Holster ace put CSI away and DVU won the third set, 25-20.

In the opener DVU was led by 10 kills from Klecan and Woolsey followed with seven aces in total to go with 17 digs.  Maresca finished with five kills for CSI, while Cafiero and Cassidy Iannariello led defensively with 11 digs apiece.  DVU was helped by sensational play at the service line, collecting a total of 22 aces.

CSI had problems from start to finish against the Rams, beginning with the first set, where they tallied just one kill to FSC’s 11.  Still, CSI held their own in the opening set, tied at 7-7 in the early stages before a Rams 7-0 run put some buffer between the sides.  Maia Cadle-Hinton led the way with two kills in the spurt.  From there, FSC would go on to coast, leading by as many as 12 points.

FSC then got out to a big 10-4 lead in the second set thanks to another pair of kills from Cadle-Hinton.  The Rams spread out 12 kills and all and benefited from six errors from the CSI front line on attack attempts.  A Nicole Brand kill did damage late in the frame and helped FSC to a 25-10 win in the second.

FSC led wire-to-wire in the third set, and raced out to a 9-0 lead before CSI would score in response.  The run featured four LaurenAnne Strezenec aces, part of 14 on the afternoon for the Rams.  CSI caught fire late and built a 5-1 run thanks in part to a Maresca kill and Cafiero ace, but Farmingdale had a big lead by that stage and scored the final pair of points to win 25-12.

In the second game the kills leader was Cadle-Hinton with eight, and she added four total blocks in the middle.  Strezenec finished with 25 assists and seven aces.  CSI was led by Ashley Notaro’s three kills, while Iannariello finished with a team high 9 digs.

Up next for CSI will be another tri-match on Monday, this time in CUNYAC play against City College of New York and Lehman College.  Start time will be at 11am.