By Michael Otero
Coming off a 3-0 victory against Mercy College in the home opener, the Pioneers had similar results against Queens and Stonehill College, beating both of them on Friday, Oct. 7, in Stonehill’s backyard.
In its first match against the Knights from Queens College, the volleyball team dismantled its opponents in five sets. The Green and Gold were led by a team-high 17 kills by sophomore outside hitter, Rachel Londot, who also totaled 14 digs to help out as well. Junior outside hitter, Danielle Valenza, also played well, amassing 10 kills and eight digs.
The Pioneers edged the Knights in five sets thanks to some key blocks by sophomore middle hitter, Elise Strange, who had seven blocks—good enough for a share of the team-high with freshman middle hitter, Lea Brady.
In the second match, the Pioneers made quick work of Stonehill, but not without challenge. Each set was won by five points or less. Again, Londot and Valenza played huge, leading the team in kills with 10 each.
The Pioneers got a strong contribution from Giulia Genna as well. The sophomore setter had two aces to go along with 26 assists and 10 digs, all of which led the team in the match.
The victory improves the Pioneer record to 5-10 on the season and 2-4 in the East Coast Conference.
The Pioneers, led by Amanda Ostapow, are back in action Friday, Oct. 14, when they welcome Saint Anselm College to the Pratt Recreation Center. First-serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.