By Karis Fuller
Arts & Entertainment Editor
LIU Post volleyball campaign is coming to an end. On Friday, Nov. 2 the Pioneer community witnessed the five graduating seniors’ last home game. The game ended in three sets with opponent Molloy College just coming out on top (25-21, 29-27, 26-24).
But with the merger for the 2019-20 season, the team will be relocated to Brooklyn; so despite the loss for the seniors and the rest of the team, this game marked the last to ever be played as the LIU Post Pioneers.
The gym was decorated in green and gold streamers, balloons and posters to honor the five senior athletes’ great contribution to the team. Giulia Genna, Rachel Londot, Elise Strange, Navah Evans and Kristen Bendy have all played significant roles in their time at Post, and from the cheerful reactions of their teammates on senior night, they made an impact in more than just the game.
Londot, outside hitter and double major in criminal justice and forensic science, thinks back to her last three and a half years fondly. “My time at Post has been great, it has really allowed me to learn about myself and grow as a person,”she said, whilst also commenting on the importance of friendships.
“Being a part of the volleyball team has helped me make lifelong friends and tons of great memories,” she said. “It has definitely played a huge part in making my time here so enjoyable, whether it was preseason practices, playing in big games, or just going to Winnick together. I couldn’t imagine my time here without having all of my teammates and the bond we form playing together.”
Defensive specialist and nursing major Navah Evans echoed Londot’s sentiment as she shared her favorite moment in the Pioneers jersey.
“Looking back now as a senior about to finish my collegiate career, I would have to say that my team in general has been the best memory I could’ve created,” Evans said. “It could be going to NCAA’s, or winning that tough game, but it’s the friendships that I’ve made that have made the biggest impact. Each person I met through my four years has taught me something and I am forever
The Pioneers take on No.2 seed, Molloy College again Friday, Nov. 9 in Amherst, N.Y at the ECC semi-finals. The winner advances to the ECC finals played at the same location, Saturday, Nov. 10.