2019 NJCAA Division III Volleyball All-America Teams

Paige Hughes, 2019 NJCAA Division III Second Team All-American.

Congratulations to Queensborough Sophomore Outside Hitter, Paige Hughes, who has been selected a 2019 NJCAA Division III Second Team All-American.

All-America selections are made by the NJCAA Division III Volleyball Committee.

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Northeast District Champions!

2019 NJCAA D3 District Champions

For the 4th year in a row, we are District Champions and heading back to the NJCAA National Championship in Minnesota.

The QCC Tigers ticket to Minnesota was punched after defeating Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. Game 2, the Tigers beat Massasoit, 3-0, to face off with FIT for the District Title. It was a repeat of the Region XV finals in which the Tigers won 3-2. This time, the Tigers refused to drop a set and took out FIT 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-20) to win the Northeast District for the 4th consecutive year.

Next stop: NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Tigers have been on an incredible run of late under the stewardship of Jason Demas

  • 5 consecutive CUNYAC Championships
  • 4 consecutive Region XV Championships
  • 4 consecutive District Championships
  • 4 consecutive trips to the National Championships

Region XV Championship

QCC Tigers jumping in a circle celebrating winning the 2019 Region XV Championship.

QCC Tigers win the 2019 Region XV Championship, defeating FIT 3 sets to 2 on Saturday, October 26 for their fourth consecutive title. The Tigers dispatched Monroe-Bronx, 3 sets to 0 earlier on Saturday to get to the finals. Paige Hughes was named Regional MVP, Georgia Alexiou and Michelle Sosa were added to the All-Tournament team.

QCC Tigers, 2019 Region XV Champions biting their medals.

Tiger Garcia-Lawson Claims CUNYAC C.C. Women's Volleyball Player of the Year

Queensborough's Garcia-Lawson Claims CUNYAC C.C. Women's Volleyball Player of the Year; All-Stars Announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, the City University of New York Athletic Conference and Pepsi revealed the 2019 Community College Women's Volleyball All-Star selections, as voted upon by the league's head coaches.

Queensborough, which captured its seventh-straight CUNYAC regular season title earned the top two honors once again, as sophomore Tiffany Garcia-Lawson was selected as the Player of the Year and Head Coach Jason Demas got the nod for Coach of the Year. Rookie of the Year honors for 2019 went to Bronx freshman Nayely Rodriguez, who had an outstanding collegiate debut season for the Broncos.

Player of the Year: Tiffany Garcia-Lawson, Queensborough

Garcia-Lawson becomes the second player in three seasons from Queensborough to hoist the Player of the Year trophy, as former teammate Paola Beniquez won the award two years running.

The product of Floral Park, NY spiked her way through the season to record 139 kills, with a hitting percentage of .285 to lead the team. She also came up big on the defensive end, using her 5'10" frame at the net to pick up 50 blocks (including 42 solo).

Coach of the Year: Jason Demas, Queensborough

For the seventh consecutive year, and last eight of nine, Jason Demas of Queensborough wins CUNYAC's Coach of the Year award from his peers. At the helm this season Demas coached the Tigers to a 6-0 record in conference play and 19-5 overall. This season he eclipsed the 200 win mark, to become QCC's all-time winningest coach - in any sport. He picked up yet another CUNYAC championship, and looks to lead his team in the next upcoming match against conference team BMCC in the Regional XV Championships.

2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball All-Stars

Michelle Sosa, Queensborough
Georgia Alexiou, Queensborough
Amira Durkovic, Queensborough

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2019 Women's Community College Volleyball Awards

Region XV Regular Season Awards

Paige Hughes - All Region 1st Team

Amira Durkovic - All Region 1st Team

Tiffany Garcia Lawson - All Region 2nd Team

Michelle Sosa - All Region Honorable Mention

Kaitlin Keough - Region XV Sportsmanship Team

CUNYAC Regular Season Awards

CUNYAC Player of the Year - Tiffany Garcia Lawson

CUNYAC Sportsmanship Team - Michelle Sosa

CUNYAC All Stars - Amira Durkovic, Georgia Alexiou, & Michelle Sosa

CUNYAC Tournament

 

​CUNYAC MVP - Paige Hughes

CUNYAC All Tournament Team - Bianca Brierre & Georgia Alexiou

Queensborough Conquers C.C. Volleyball for Fifth Consecutive Title

QCC Tigers Conquers C.C. Volleyball for Fifth Consecutive Title

New York, N.Y. (October 21, 2019) - No. 1 seed Queensborough Community College (19-5) easily won the CUNY Athletic Conference / Pepsi Women's Volleyball Championship on Monday night for the fifth year-in-a-row, sweeping the No. 2 seed Borough of Manhattan Community College Panthers 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-14), on their home court in the two teams' fourth straight CUNYAC finale battle.

Paige Hughes, CUNYAC Championship Most Valuable Player.

Leading the way for Queensborough in the final was sophomore Pagie Hughes with six kills, five digs and one serve ace en route to CUNYAC Championship Most Valuable Player honors. “Paige is someone who does so many things on the court that isn't shown statistically. Her communication, her energy, her drive, is what carries her. Obviously, she's a great hitter, a great passer, but those things that don't show up, is what makes her special and what helps her lead.” said Queensborough Head coach Jason Demas.

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2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Report - Week 6

Chidera Nwaghanata, Athlete of the Week for week 6

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Chidera Nwaghanata

The two-time CUNYAC Player of the Week accumulated her best performances in the season against second-place BMCC, where she hit a season-high 10 kills and hit .714, which was also a season high to go along with three service aces and three digs. With the win, the Tigers clinched the CUNYAC Regular Season title. She finished the week with 23 kills, 5 aces, 8 digs and a block in three matches.

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Amira Durkovic, Rookie of the Week for week 6

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Amira Durkovic

The freshmen setter accumulated 78 assists and 28 digs in a rare 1-2 week for Queensborough. The three-time CUNYAC Rookie of the Week from nearby Flushing, had a monster game in a five-set loss to Suffolk CC, with 33 assists and 13 digs, marking only the forth time all season she has been able to surpass 30 assists during a match.

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Jason Demas, Winningest Coach in QCC Athletics

Head Coach Jason Demas and the Lady Tigers celebrate his 200th Win

With a 3-0 victory over Kingsborough Community College, Queensborough Tigers Head Coach Jason Demas won his 200th victory surpassing Lou Santos as the all-time winningest heach coach in the school's history. The Tigers, winners of 9 straight matches, sit in 1st place in CUNYAC and Region XV. Congratulations Coach Demas on 200 wins!

2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Report - Week 5

Georgia Alexiou, Athlete of the Week for week 5

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Georgia Alexiou

The lefty hitter had a stellar week, as the Tigers picked up wins in three regional matches and went 3-1 overall. She recorded 14 aces on the week, including a career-high of nine against Kingsborough. She would also record 20 kills on the week, with 10 of them against a very tough opponent in Monroe Bronx. In the match, she led the team in hitting percentage and hit a career high .533 while recording double digit kills.

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Amira Durkovic, Rookie of the Week for week 5

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Amira Durkovic

The freshmen setter had stellar week as she recorded 63 assists and 13 aces. She would record a career high 6 aces against Dutchess CC, and then would match that mark the very next game against Monroe Bronx. Her 30 assists and her floor leadership skills were a large part of the teams success over a previous unbeaten opponent in the region.

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2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Report - Week 4

Paige Hughes, Athlete of the Week for week 4

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Paige Hughes

Paige Hughes, Queensborough (So, OH, New Hyde Park, NY)
While the defending champion Tigers have won eight straight matches, all in Region XV, Hughes, QCC’s captain has led the way as of late. Last week, as the Tigers went 4-0, Hughes had four double-doubles. The Herricks HS product was remarkably consistent in victories over Nassau (13 kills, 13 digs), Suffolk (12 kills, 11 digs) and Westchester (11 kills, 10 digs), before her best match of the week against Rockland with 12 kills, 25 digs and three service aces. The native of New Hyde Park leads QCC in kills (2.85) and hitting pct. (.282).

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Bianca Brierre, Rookie of the Week for week 4

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Freshman Bianca Brierre

Bianca Brierre, Queensborough (Fr, MH, Elmont, NY)
Brierre earns back-to-back rookie honors following another undefeated week for Queensborough. The Elmont resident collected 29 kills, 13 digs, 12 blocks and six digs in four matches for the Tigers. In the team's final match of the week against Rockland, the middle hitter tallied a career high 14 kills to go with four digs and four solo blocks. On the season, Brierre averages 1.66 kills a match for QCC.

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2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Report - Week 3

Tiffany Garcia-Lawson, Athlete of the Week for week 3

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Tiffany Garcia-Lawson

Tiffany Garcia-Lawson, Queensborough (So, MH, Floral Park, NY)
The sophomore had 25 kills and 10.5 blocks to lead the Tigers to four sweeps for the week, which included wins over Kingsborough and second-place BMCC. The middle hitter had a standout performance against Sullivan with team-high of nine kills, hitting .533, and had four solo blocks for the match. For the sea-son, Lawson ranks first for QCC in kills (53) and stands second in hitting per-centage at .325.

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Bianca Brierre, Rookie of the Week for week 3

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Freshman Bianca Brierre

For the week, Brierre recorded 14 kills, 15 digs, 11 service aces, after being out for two weeks due to injury. The freshman from Elmont returned to help the Tigers to a 4-0 week which included two 3-0 conference victories, as Queens-borough now stands atop the CUNYAC standings with a record of 3-0. Brierre's week included tallying a season-high six service aces in the Tigers' conference matchup against Kingsborough.

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2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Report - Week 2

Chidera Nwaghanata, Athlete of the Week for week 2

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Chidera Nwaghanata

Chidera Nwaghanata, Queensborough (So, MH, Ozone Park, N.Y.)The sophomore had seven kills (.333 hitting pct.) to help the Tigers sweep Bronx in QCC’s CUNYAC opener. Against Div. II Northern Virgina this past week-end, the Queens naitive, had six kills and five service aces, while hitting .267 for the match. For the season, Nwaghanata leads the team in kills with 29 and ranks second on the team with a .273 hitting percentage.

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Amira Durkovic, Rookie of the Week for week 2

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Amira Durkovic

For the second week-in-a-row, Durkovic takes Rookie of the Week honors. The rising freshman tallied seven serve aces, 27 assists, and 11 digs for the week, helping the Tigers to a 1-1 mark last week. In five matches played, Durkovic leads the Tigers in assists (72) and with serve aces (14).

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2019 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Report - Week 1

Rachel Medina, Athlete of the Week for week 1

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Rachel Medina

Rachel Medina, Queensborough (So, S, New Hyde Park, N.Y.)The sophomore stepped up big for the Tigers off the bench as an injury replace-ment to play outside hitter, a position she has never started at. Medina would help Queensborough secure two important non-conference wins in New Jersey. She had a standout performance against Rowan College, where she recorded 7 kills off 12 attempts, hitting .500 with 5 service aces and 18 digs. All of Medina's stats were also team highs for the game.

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Amira Durkovic, Rookie of the Week for week 1

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Amira Durkovic

Amira Durkovic, Queensborough (Fr, S, Flushing, N.Y.)The talented setter racked up the stat sheet over the weekend. In her two matchups, Durkovic recorded 10 kills, 25 assists, 5 aces, and 13 digs. Her well balanced performance helped the Tigers defeat Raritan Valley in four sets, a previously nationally ranked team. Their record now stands at 2-1 as they hit the road the face Bronx Community College.

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Queensborough Volleyball Ranked No. 9 in 2019 NJCAA Preseason National Poll

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2019) - After making its third-straight appearance at the NJCAA Division III National Championship last season, Queensborough Community College has been listed at No. 9 in the 2019 NJCAA Division III Preseason Women's Volleyball National Poll, announced Monday.

The Tigers, who are appearing in the NJCAA's preseason rankings for the first time in program history, are tied with Minnesota State Community and Technical College for the No. 9 slot in the poll, earning eight points apiece.

In 2018, Queensborough set a single-season record for wins, compiling a 29-4 record. That mark included a perfect 19-0 regular-season ledger in NJCAA Region XV play and a flawless 8-0 mark against CUNYAC opposition.

The Tigers lost just one set in seven postseason matches between the CUNYAC, Region XV and District G tournaments, en route to securing a bid to the NJCAA National Championship.

Queensborough opened play at the national tournament with a thrilling 3-2 win over SUNY Broome, before falling to top-ranked Owens and ultimately finishing eighth.

The Tigers will look to replace star outside hitter and two-time CUNYAC and NJCAA Region XV Player of the Year Paola Beniquez. who rounded out her career at QCC as the program's all-time leader in kills and service aces.

Queensborough will open up their 2019 campaign Friday (Aug. 23) against Jefferson Community College at 11 a.m. at RFK Gymnasium in Bayside, N.Y.

2019 NJCAA Division III Preseason Women's Volleyball Poll
1. Owens
2. Eastfield
3. Central Lakes
4. Rochester
5. Rock Valley
6. Columbus State
7. Jamestown
8. Harper
T-9. Queensborough
T-9. Minnesota State

Also Receiving Votes: Brookhaven, Lorain County

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