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Volleyball Team’s Downward Slump

Heather Norris

The C.W. Post women’s volleyball team has lost two matches in a row after the team fell to the NYIT Bears on Thursday, September 29th. The 3-2 loss was the team’s 9th, dropping the Pioneers’ record to 7-9 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

The Pioneers came out strong in the first set. After working to a 12-12 tie, the team initiated an 8-0 run to capture the set and take the lead in the match. Sophomore Maka Namahoe and junior Lisa Delfs led the Pioneers with four kills each in the first set, and the team posted 14 kills with only one attacking error.

NYIT responded in the second set with a 9-0 run of their own. NYIT’s Ali Falbo went four for four in attacking attempts, achieving a 1.000 hitting percentage to help tie up the match at 1-1.

The third set of the match stayed much closer than the first two, as neither team was able to create a lead greater than two points. The Pioneers managed to regain the lead, however, when an NYIT attacking error allowed C.W. Post to win the set.

With the Pioneers just one set away from victory, NYIT broke away from a 16-16 tie to take the set 25-19 and force the game into a fifth set. Though the Pioneers fought hard in the deciding set, NYIT proved to be too much for the team in the end.

Sophomore Jordan Schroer finished the day with 17 kills and 16 digs on the day, leading the Pioneers, while Delfs notched 12 kills, and Namahoe walked away with 11 kills, eight digs, and 3.5 blocks. The team will take to the court again on Friday, October 7th, against the University of Bridgeport at 6 p.m. in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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