The Pioneers volleyball team walked away from their “Dig-Pink” match on Saturday with a split. The games were played as part of the CW Post-held tri-match that took place in the Pratt Center and featured a very pink setting as coaches from all three teams wore pink and the stands were heavily decorated in the color in order to honor the “Dig-Pink” cause. In addition to CW Post, the match included teams from Dowling and American International Colleges.
First, the Pioneers faced the highly-ranked Dowling team. After a hard-fought three sets, Post settled for the loss by way of a sweep to their East Coast Conference rivals, who, after Saturday, boast a 20-1 record.
Later that day in their second match, Post was finally able to tally a win, defeating the Yellow Jackets of American International in five sets. The Pioneers, now 17-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play, were led by senior outside hitter Marilena Guadaganini who notched a team-high 15 kills in addition to 16 digs. Fellow senior Amanda Ostapow also stood out against AIC with 45 assists in the match.
The match was held as part of the East Coast Conference’s “Pink Week” to benefit breast cancer awareness. All volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams in the ECC were expected to participate in the initiative. Donations to the cause were collected, along with sales of pink-themed T-shirts, volleyballs, and more.