Chemistry building for struggling volleyball team

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The Queens College women’s volleyball team has had a rough start to their season — they’re winless after 12 games — but with four starting freshmen, the long-term future may be bright for the Lady Knights.

Freshmen right side Arielle DiCoco, outside hitter Else Buchmiller, libero Xhesi Domi and middle Bianca Steele, although young, have proven themselves worthy of playing up to par with their older teammates and competitors.

“These girls are playing against starters that are, on average, 21 or 22 years old,” said head coach Leanna Taylor. “It’s part of rebuilding a program.”

Losing their first conference game to Molloy College in a heartbreaking five sets, the new-look Lady Knights have shown a lot of potential and team chemistry on and off the court.

“We only had four returning players this season,” said senior captain Suzanne Byrne. “It’s basically a whole new team.”

Domi believes that the amount of starting freshmen is an advantage.

“I think it helps because we are all in the same position going through the same thing,” Domi said. “Plus, better chemistry will build through the years.”

Buchmiller played down the thought that just because she is younger, does not necessarily mean she is inexperienced.

“Whoever works the hardest will be put on the court,” said Buchmiller. “Everyone has a fair shot, no matter how old.”

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