A large crowd of Queens College fans, which included Athletic Director China Jude, packed into the bleachers of the Maurice Fitzgerald Gymnasium with the anticipation of a fierce competition ahead of them.
What they witnessed was quite the contrary.
The Lady Knights (2-6) suffered another devastating loss to a conference opponent, their third in a row, falling to Dowling College, 3-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 27. It was the team’s first home loss of the season.
The shutout was the Lady Knights’ sixth loss in the last seven games and put them in a deep hole with a 0-3 conference record. Dowling is currently undefeated in conference play after four matches.
“Our serving and hitting was not working,” senior setter Stephanie Schroeder said. “We had a lack of communication the whole game.”
The Lady Knights seemed out of synch and lacked energy throughout the whole game. They lost in three straight sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-15) and never seemed to be able to adjust to Dowling’s frontcourt attack.
Overall, the Lady Knights’ biggest downfall was their .044 hitting percentage.
“I don’t even know what happened out there,” junior outside hitter Suzanne Byrne said. “We were weak and we didn’t execute.”
Yet, despite the deflating atmosphere of having experienced a loss on their home court, the team managed to dance to the “cha-cha slide” after the game.
“It is just a game after all,” senior Joe Spinelli, 22, said. “At least we get to dance.”
The Lady Knights will play on the road against Southern Connecticut State, NYIT and Mercy College. They will have to crawl their way back into contention by going back to basics against these opponents.
“We have to go back to practice and have everyone trust each other and do their jobs,” head coach Leanna Taylor said. “It’s going to be hard, but I believe in this team.”