BY DAVID RUSSELL
The Queensborough Lady Tigers won the fourth CUNY volleyball title in school history on Monday night at Hostos Community College. The Lady Tigers defeated Kingsborough in three sets (25-22, 25-11, 25-18) for the championship.
After being upset in the CUNY title matchup at home last season, QCC finished the job this time. “It really means a lot,” said QCC head coach Jason Demas. “These girls worked so hard and we fell short. We really wanted to make sure that this season was about redemption and we did what we were supposed to do. I’m very proud of them. It definitely feels like it’s been awhile so it’s a nice feeling.”
QCC won the semifinal match against Borough of Manhattan Community College and then waited around for a few hours while Kingsborough defeated Bronx CC. The layoff may have contributed to the Lady Tigers falling behind 16-10 in the first set but Queensborough fought back to win 25-22.
“That was huge,” said Demas, who is now a four-time champion. “That really set momentum. I looked at it, we came out flat, I was very nervous about that first set and at that turning point we had to make plays and the girls came through. I’m really proud of them and it just shows how much we fought.” The Lady Tigers also rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the third to win 25-18.
Queensborough was led by Outside Hitter Alanna Caffrey, who dealt with the tough loss last year. “A lot of seniors were upset how it went last year at home so we wanted to come out this year in Hostos and show how we play,” Caffrey said.
Caffrey was named Region XV Player of the Year, was named as an NJCAA All-American and won CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Player of the Week four times this season. “I’ve had an amazing year. I love Queensborough so much, I love playing, I’m going to miss my girls,” Caffrey said.
“Alanna is really special,” Demas said. “I’ve never had a Regional Player of the Year. She’s an All-American. She’s our horse. She can do whatever we need her to do.”
Queensborough has been bringing the hardware back to the Bayside campus. The volleyball title came only a week after the men’s soccer team won the CUNY championship with a win over BMCC.