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Volleyball Continues Winning Formula

By Alex Billington
Staff Writer

The women’s volleyball team is a force to be reckoned with after winning three out of three contests last week. Three ECC opponents stepped onto the court and the Pioneers brushed all three aside, dropping only one set in all three games, moving them to 4-0 in the conference and 13-3 for the season.
First up were local rivals NYIT on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Battle of the Boulevard. The battle was short-lived as the Pioneers tossed aside the previously unbeaten Bears 3-0. The first set was 25-20, the second 25-22, and the final 25-21. As usual, freshman outside hitter Shelby McCool continued to shine as she finished with a season high of 17 kills. Junior setter Lulu Centro continued her assisting power, throwing up 35.
Next up was Mercy College at the Pratt Center on Thursday Oct. 3, as the Pioneers again rolled over their ECC foes 3-0. The first set went 25-15, followed by much of the same in the second set, as Post won 25-17. The trend continued in the final set as the mighty green and gold made it rain on Mercy, knocking them down 25-11. Senior middle blocker Makamae Namahoe racked
up her fifth double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs.
In their final match of the week, the green and gold stepped up to play Queens College on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Queens. The Pioneers jumped the first hurdle, winning 25-23, before dropping their first set of the week 25-18 as the Knights posted their answer. But it wasn’t enough as McCool continued to knock down everything she was given, an incredible double-double from the freshman. At the same time, Centro tallied a season best of 21 kills and 19 digs. With an attack like that, the Knights had nothing to answer back with in the third and fourth sets as the Pioneers won those 25-16 and 25-21 leading to a victory on the road. Centro tallied 46 assists on the day while sophomore libero Rachel Ringor dug out 28 for the team.
“These were three important ECC games that we felt we had to win and we did so playing some really good volleyball,” said Namahoe on the week’s matches. “This is a promising season so far and hopefully we will continue to win.”
The Pioneers return to action on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Molloy College at 7 p.m. in another important ECC clash.

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