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    Volleyball team looks to bounce back despite slow start

    The Queens College women’s volleyball team anticipate a strong finish to the end of their season. The team lost nine out of their first 13 games, although they are confident of winning their last few matches. Junior Tori Bowser, returning from an injured knee ending her season last year, is a strong believer of this mindset. “We go into each game as a brand new one. We don’t focus on the outcome of the last game but rather the game that’s in front of us,” Bowser said. Not only did the team recruit five new players, but also former assistant coach Jason Octave is in his first season as head…

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    Volleyball season off to a sizzling start

    Bouncing back from a rough season can be a tough task for any team. The mental and physical draining a team endures during the long season can be daunting. Queens College’s women’s volleyball looks to leave the results of last season in the past. They embark on this new season with a clear state of mind, confidence and determination. Last season, the Lady Knights began by winning seven of their first 10 games. The team then went on to finish the season with a 10-14 record. Head Coach Leanna Taylor, who is entering her fourth year as coach, believes it takes a lot of preparation to not only start the…

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    Freshman’s efforts noticed; receives ECC Rookie of the Week

    Tori Bowser, the middle blocker for the Queens College volleyball team, has to use her voice and skill in the middle of the field to guide her teammates. Bowser, the only freshman on the squad, has to take on responsibilities and pressures that most freshmen don’t have to endure in their first year of college volleyball. “I think I’ve taken on the pressure pretty well. For the first couple of games it was like being in awe of: I’m 18 and I’m playing against people on the other side of the court that could be like 22,” Bowser said — in high school sports, athletes usually play people in the…

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    Storm washes away home sendoff, makes things harder for women’s volleyball team

    The Queens College women’s volleyball team’s 3-9 conference record ensures another losing season. Starting Tuesday at NYIT, the team needs to win their final five games to even have a shot at the East Coast Conference playoffs this year. But don’t tell team captain and senior Suzanne Byrne they can’t make it, even despite the recent challenges raised by Hurricane Sandy. “I absolutely hate losing, which is what our season has mainly been comprised of,” Byrne said. “But the girls are all really great and have been working really hard so hopefully we will get results in the last part of the season.” Byrne leads the team in numerous categories…