By Julian Wilson
Assistant Opinions Editor
On Thursday, Sept. 25, the women’s volleyball team earned their third consecutive win, defeating fellow East Coast Conference opponent Molloy College, at the Pratt Recreation Center. The Pioneers fought hard to win their first set, but brought the fire in the end, beating their opponent in a three-set sweep.
Kicking off the first set, the Green and Gold collected 13 kills, with a total hitting percentage of .205. With the flow of adrenaline going strong for LIU Post, the Lions had difficulty in returning the favor. The Lions took one point on a service ace from sophomore setter Ally De Kruyf, before losing their offensive momentum at the end. Taking advantage of the drop, the Pioneers managed a 17-15 lead, which led them to clinch their first set win of 25-23.
During the second set, Post continued their dominance, as senior setter Lulu Centro started with six service aces and set up the game to be a runaway-one for the home team. Staying consistent with their flow, freshman middle blocker Heather Ball and graduate outside hitter Katie Hudencial, consecutively gave service aces of their own, to keep the momentum in their team’s favor. At the end of the set, the Pioneers earned the win, with a hitting percentage of .500 and a final set score of 25-10.
The final game between the Pioneers and the Lions went hand in hand, as both competitors were quick to match each other even. With six ties, and three lead changes, the Pioneers had to find a way to claim victory once again. Junior middle hitter Melissa Hansen acquired consecutive kills, which earned the home team a breakthrough; one that would decide the fate of the game later on. After a service error from the Lions, the Pioneers gained four consecutive points off the serve technique of junior libero Rachel Ringor. The Green and Gold achieved success in the third and final set, with the score of 25-18.
On Friday, Sept. 26, LIU Post moved on to face the Golden Knights of Saint Rose College, also at home. During the first set, the Pioneers held a close 10-9 lead at one point, but the Golden Knights capitalized on scoring opportunities, as they coasted to a 15-10 lead. The Golden Knights claimed a first set win, with a score of 25-21. In the second set, the Pioneers took the first two points of the game, but like the first, failed to recover after a big momentum swing by the Golden Knights. The squad from upstate New York claimed the second set with a score of 25-18. In the third and final set, tensions were high between the two sides, and the Green and Gold scored the first point of the set; one that would send them on a point-to-point exchange with the Golden Knights. However, it was not meant to be, as the Golden Knights defeated LIU in a three-set sweep, outscoring the Pioneers by three in the final set.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, head coach Shellane Ogoshi and the Lady Pioneers will try to avenge the loss, as they go on the road to face the University of New Haven. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.