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NJCAA DIII Volleyball National Championship Tournament

NJCAA District G Champions and #8 in the nation, QCC Lady Tigers

QCC Lady Tigers entered the National Tournament ranked 8th in the country and finished the tournament ranked 8th in the country for the second year in a row.

Match Results:

1st Game: Defated SUNY Broome #9 - W 3 sets to 2.

2nd Game: Lost to eventual National Champions - Owens (Ohio) #1 - 3 sets to 0.

3rd Game: Lost to Rock Valley (Illinois) #5 - 3 sets to 1.

4th Game: Lost to Jamestown (New York) #7 in a nail biter - 3 sets to 2.


Awards:

Paola Beniquez named to the NJCAA National Tournament - All Tournament Team. Finished first in the nation in service aces.

We are going back to Nationals! District G Champions

QCC Lady Tigers, District G champs, showing off the title with coaching staff and athletic director


QCC Lady swept the District G Champions defeating Nassau CC, 3-1, and Northern Essex CC, 3-0, on Sunday October 28 to earn a trip to the National Championship in Rochester, Minnesota. We are currently 28-1 on the season. On to the Nationals, for the third year in a row!

Go Lady Tigers!

Lady Tigers celebrate on the court after winning the District G championship
Assistant Coach McCullough exstatic along side Head Coach Demas after winning the District G Championship
2 Lady Tigers high fiving Coach Demas after the win
Coach Demas and the QCC Lady Tigers in a huddle
Head Coach Jason Demas holding the District G championship plaque next to Athletic Director Jon Hochberg
Coach Demas with the District G championship plaque surrounded by the Lady Tigers celebrate another title

Three-peat! Region XV Champions again!

QCC Lady Tigers, 2018 Region XV champions for the third year in a row

The QCC Lady Tigers defeated Orange CC 3-0 in the Regional Semifinals, followed by a 3-0 sweep of Nassau CC in the Regional Final. The Lady Tigers are Region XV Champions for the third straight year! Sophomore sensation Paola Beniquez was named Regional Tournament MVP, while Sophomores Maria Veliz Thol and Angie Nicholes were named to the All Tournament Team. QCC is now 26-1 overall.

Paola Beniquez, Regional Tournament MVP, with her plaque and medal with her teammates behind her

On Sunday, October 28 QCC will host the Region XV District Tournament to determine which two teams will travel to the national tournament. The schedule tomorrow is as follows:

Match 1: 12pm, Nassau CC vs. Northern Essex CC

Match 2: 35 minutes after match 1, QCC vs. Northern Essex CC

Match 3: 35 minutes after match 2: QCC vs. Nassau CC

Go Lady Tigers!

2018 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women’s Volleyball All-Stars Announced

Paola Beniquez, Ashley Saladin, and Coach Jason Demas named

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2018) - The City University of New York Athletic Conference and Pepsi announced their annual community college women's volleyball All-Star honorees and major award winners on Thursday.

It was a clean sweep for Queensborough, which clawed its way to a fourth-straight CUNYAC Championship in 2018 on Monday.

Paola Beniquez repeated as the Player of the Year. Ashly Saladin took home Rookie of the Year honors. Jason Demas earned the Coach of the Year nod.

Player of the Year - Paola Beniquez, So, OH, Queensborough

Beniquez has picked up from where she left off last season, registering a team-leading 191 kills on a Region XV-best .355 hitting percentage. She leads all of NJCAA Division III in aces (132) and aces per set (1.97), and has posted nine double-doubles. Beniquez was also the only player in the conference to earn Athlete of the Week praise this year.

Rookie of the Year - Ashly Saladin, Fr, OPP, Queensborough

Saladin, a three-time CUNYAC Rookie of the Week selection in 2018, has made a statement in her debut campaign for the Tigers. She has totaled 135 kills this season, averaging an impressive 2.29 kills per set, on a .282 attack clip. Additionally, Saladin has racked up 152 digs and 49 service aces in 22 matches played.

Coach of the Year - Jason Demas, Queensborough

Demas continues to be the leader that drives the success of the Queensborough women's volleyball program. In 2018, Demas has guided the Tigers to a 23-1 mark, as well as the No. 1 overall seed in the NJCAA Region XV Championship. Over his first nine seasons as head coach, Demas has compiled an impressive career record of 171-55-1 (.756).

Here is a complete list of the 2018 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball All-Stars:

2018 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball All-Stars

Angelica Aquino, Bronx
Estrella Bello, Kingsborough
Reyna Cano, Hostos
Jennifer Chacon, BMCC
Angie Nicholes, Queensborough
Yolireisi Pichardo, BMCC


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Region XV Quarterfinal

Women’s Volleyball defeated Borough of Manhattan Community College 3-0 in the Region XV Quarterfinal. The Lady Tigers advance to the Region XV Semifinal on Saturday, October 27 at Orange CC. The QCC Lady Tigers are currently 24-1 on the season.

Go Lady Tigers!

2018 Region XV All-Region Women's Volleyball

Player of the Year: Paola Beniquez, Queensborough, So.

Coach of the Year: Jason Demas, Queensborough

First Team

Maria Veliz Thol, Queensborough, Sophomore

Cassidy Smith, Orange, Sophomore

Jenna Butler, FIT, Freshman

Jamie Demmett, Nassau, Sophomore

Emily Schmidt, Rockland, Sophomore

Ashly Saladin, Queensborough, Freshman

Second Team

Yolireisi Pichardo, BMCC, Freshman

Jacqueline O'Neill, Suffolk, Sophomore

Stephanie Berdon, FIT, Freshman

Alicja Zaborowski, Nassau, Sophomore

Angelica Aquino, Bronx, Freshman

Madison Young, Westchester, Sophomore

Honorable Mention

Zarissa Wheeler, Dutchess, Sophomore

Reyna Cano, Hostos, Sophomore

Jennifer Chacon, BMCC, Sophomore

Jenna Trone, Orange Fr.

Chrissy Hobson, Suffolk, Sophomore

Estrella Bello, Kingsborough, Sophomore

Sportsmanship Team

BMCC: Allison Knox

Nassau: Maria Micolo

Bronx: Sthefany Jimenez

Orange: Julianna Lynch

Dutchess: Katelyn Martinez

Queensborough: Natalia Plaza

FIT: Paige Truncale

Rockland: Leah Kusumalayam

Hostos: Rosa Castillo

Suffolk: Allison Parker

Kingsborough: Kinga Kupras

Westchester: Alysha Owens

Monroe-Bronx: Rachel Arias

Setter of the Year: Maria Veliz Thol, Queensborough

Defensive Player of the Year: Genesis Zepeda, Nassau

Four in a Row! QCC beats BMCC in CUNYAC Championship, 3-0

QCC Lady Tigers, CUNYAC Volleyball Champions for 4th year in a row

Bayside, N.Y. (Oct. 22, 2018) - On Monday evening, top-seeded Queensborough Community College breezed to its fourth-consecutive league title, knocking off second-seeded Borough of Manhattan Community College in three sets in the 2018 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball Championship at RFK Gymnasium.

It was the third time in as many seasons that Queensborough and BMCC battled for the conference championship. The title is also the Tigers' seventh in the last nine years.

The scores of the match read 25-8, 25-23 and 25-16 in Queensborough's favor. The Tigers hit at a .352 clip in the match and had three players finish with double-digit kills, led by Paola Beniquez's 13-kill performance. Sophomore outside hitter and Most Valuable Player Angie Nicholes contributed 11 kills on a .455 attack percentage.

QCC Lady Tiger Angie Nicholes, CUNYAC Volleyball Championship Most Valuable Player

"It's honestly amazing (to be a two-time conference champion)," Nicholes said. "We fought so hard and I was blown away by how we played. I wasn't expecting this, so I am really proud of my team. It's an awesome feeling."

"Well, it feels amazing. It is very overwhelming. This is very special," commented Beniquez. "I tried my best out there. It was fun and continues to be an honor to play for QCC."

Queensborough got out to a blazing hot start, taking the first game by an overwhelming 25-8 score. Freshman opposite hitter Ashly Saladin led the way for the Tigers, slamming down four kills and adding two aces in the set. Beniquez had five kills, while freshman Chidera Nwaghanata added four kills, as well.

2018 CUNYAC/Pepsi Community College Women's Volleyball All-Tournament Team

Angie Nicholes, So, OH, Queensborough - Most Valuable Player
Paola Beniquez, So, OH, Queensborough
Maria Veliz Thol, So, S, Queensborough
Yolireisi Pichardo, Fr, OH/MH, BMCC
Jennifer Chacon, So, S, BMCC
Estrella Bello, So, OH, Kingsborough
Heder Rodriguez, Fr, S/OPP, Bronx


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2018 Regular Season Champion

QCC presented the 2018 regular season championship trophy

CUNY Athletic Conference presented the QCC Lady Tigers with the regular season championship trophy after a stellar 21-1 season!

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

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Paola Beniquez

Clean Sweep for the season as Paola wins again!

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Paola Beniquez for the 6th time in 6 weeks

Beniquez tallied another pair of double-doubles in Queensborough’s 3-0 wins against BMCC (13 kills, 11 digs) and FIT (13 kills, 15 digs) on Saturday. The NJCAA Division III leader in aces, Beniquez had nine aces over the weekend.

This marks Paola's 11th time out of 12 weeks over the past 2 seasons of volleyball she has taken home the award as Athlete of the Week!

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CUNYAC/HSS Scholar-Athlete of the Month: Paola Beniquez, Queensborough

CUNYAC/HSS Scholar-Athlete of the Month: Paola Beniquez, Queensborough

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2018) - On Friday, Queensborough Community College sophomore women's volleyball player Paola Beniquez was tabbed as the CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery Community College Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September 2018.

Beniquez, the reigning CUNYAC Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American, is off to a stellar start in her second year. She led the Tigers with a team-best 88 kills on a startling .406 hitting percentage through the month of September.

Beniquez, who currently leads all of NJCAA Division III in aces per set (2.26), also served 72 aces and posted double-doubles in six of the team's 11 matches.

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

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Paola Beniquez

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Paola Beniquez

Beniquez had her hand in every statistical category last week, propelling the Tigers to three Region XV victories. She served nine aces in a 3-0 win versus Kingsborough and added another eight aces in a 3-0 sweep of Dutchess.

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

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Paola Beniquez

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Paola Beniquez

Beniquez filled the stat sheet for the Tigers against four of the top teams in Region XV. She finished with 34 kills, 31 aces and 58 digs in the four matches and served a school-record 16 aces in a 3-0 sweep of Westchester.

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CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week, Ashly Saladin

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Ashly Saladin

Saladin helped the Tigers to an impressive 4-0 week, boasting a .381 hitting percentage in the four matches. She twice put down a week-best eight kills against Nassau and Westchester and added seven kills versus Rockland.

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

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Paola Beniquez

Sophomore Paola Beniquez has been named the CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. She currently ranks 4th nationally in Service Aces per set (2.16), 6th in Hitting Percentage (.415), and 9th in Points per set (5.2).

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

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Paola Beniquez

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Paola Beniquez

Beniquez led the Tigers to a pair of CUNYAC wins last week, collecting 18 kills and 17 aces in the two contests. She registered a double-double in a 3-0 win against BMCC on Saturday, tallying 11 kills on a .588 clip with 20 digs.

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CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week, Ashly Saladin

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Ashly Saladin

Saladin continued her strong start for the Tigers, slamming down 15 kills and adding 16 digs and eight aces in a pair of league victories. She had eight kills and 13 digs, to go along with four aces, in a 3-0 sweep of BMCC on Saturday.

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

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Paola Beniquez

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week awarded to Sophomore Paola Beniquez

The returning NJCAA All-American, Beniquez had a great start to the season against two tough opponents. She put down 13 kills and added 16 digs for a double-double, and hit at a .357 clip in a 3-1 win over Northern Virginia.

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CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week, Ashly Saladin

CUNYAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Week awarded to Freshman Ashly Saladin

Saladin was a part of the Tigers’ balanced attack in the team’s 2-0 start. She recorded 10 kills in a 3-1 win over Northern Virginia, and added six kills on a blistering .417 attack clip with seven digs in a 3-0 sweep of Jefferson.

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Queensborough Favored in 2018 CUNYAC Preseason Women’s Volleyball Poll

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Aug. 22, 2018) - After repeating as NJCAA Region XV and District F Champions last season, Queensborough Community College has been tabbed as the favorite in the 2018 CUNYAC Community College Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday.

Queensborough, which led the poll for a second-straight year, was a unanimous favorite, totaling 20 points and four first-place votes. BMCC and Kingsborough tied for second, earning 14 points apiece. Bronx (7 points) and Hostos (5 points) rounded out the rankings.

Queensborough enters the year on the heels of a 21-7 season that included a flawless 6-0 record against conference opposition. The Tigers eventually cruised to both a CUNYAC and NJCAA Region XV title, losing just two of 17 sets they played along the way.

Queensborough boasted an explosive offense in 2017, fueled by sophomore outside hitter and CUNYAC Preseason Player of the Year Paola Beniquez.

Beniquez, the reigning CUNYAC and NJCAA Region XV Player of the Year, led her team with 297 kills on an impressive .359 hitting percentage, en route to garnering NJCAA All-America first-team distinction. She was one of just three freshmen in the country to receive the honor.

BMCC is coming off its second winning season in as many years, posting a 14-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in CUNYAC play. The Panthers are expected to return 2017 CUNYAC All-Star and NJCAA Region XV All-Star Sara Lazo, who tallied 140 kills on a .451 attack clip with 58 service aces as a rookie.

The 2018 CUNYAC Community College Women's Volleyball Championship is slated to be held Monday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at Queensborough Community College in Bayside.

2018 CUNYAC Community College Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Queensborough (Four First-Place Votes) - 20 Points
T-2. BMCC - 14 Points
T-2. Kingsborough - 14 Points
4. Bronx - 7 Points
5. Hostos - 5 Points

CUNYAC Preseason Player of the Year: Paola Beniquez, OH, Queensborough.

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2018 Pre-season Volleyball Tryouts

Queensborough Women's Volleyball tryouts for the Fall 2018 season will be held on Thursday, August 1st at 4pm, in the RFK Gymnasium. Completed medical forms and insurance forms are required to be submitted prior to participation. Anyone interested should email Coach Demas.

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