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    Chemistry building for struggling volleyball team

    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…

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    Lady Knights Seek Playoff Contention

    The Queens College women’s soccer team has high hopes for the rest of the 2012 season. With a 7-2-2 record, the force of 21 is currently in a good position to make the conference playoffs and hopefully place for regionals. The year 2011 proved to be a “rebuilding” season and with the 10 new additions to their roster, the squad has tremendous chemistry and ambition. Freshman forward Nicolette Scrozzo believes that the captain’s practices held before season helped build chemistry early. “The practices helped us become comfortable with each other before our season even started,” Scrozzo said. “We had more time to fix the kinks.” Although the Lady Knights have…

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    Women’s tennis’ Andrea Samson Makes History

    To win an East Coast Conference award once is an honor, to win it twice is impressive, but to win ECC recognition for five consecutive weeks is unheard of. Until now. Queens College women’s tennis freshman Andrea Samson has made history this season, being the first player in any sport within the conference to win the Rookie of the Week title every week during that particular season. Samson, who has been playing tennis since she was nine, was also, of course, recognized as ECC Rookie of the Year for her outstanding performances week after week on the court. “To be honest, when I first received Rookie of the Week, I…

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    Success for women’s tennis starts with recruiting

    Different from other Queens College teams, the women’s tennis squad is off to what has become a typical start for them: they’re ranked No. 1 in Division II East, 26th in the nation and have a 7-0 conference record. A large degree of the team’s success, and what also sets them apart from some of the school’s other teams, has to do with stellar recruiting from all over the world. Head women’s tennis coach Alan Nagel believes that QC has many “selling points” that help with the recruiting process. “Queens is the best of three great schools in New York City,” said Nagel. “We are the only one of the…

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    Curse of the East Coast Conference Award?

    In 2011, Madden NFL 11 cover athlete Drew Brees threw 22 interceptions, his quarterback rating dropped 20 points and his New Orleans Saints lost in the first round of the playoffs to a team with a losing record. As any sports fanatic is well aware of, there are many superstitions, dogmas and “curses” associated with professional teams, athletes and their performances. Some of the better-known “curses” involve athletes on the covers of video games, such as Madden and MLB: The Show. It has been said that once a star athlete makes the cover, their career spirals downward. The East Coast Conference, which Queens College is a member of, may have…