By Michael Otero
Three sets were all the Pioneers needed to defeat Mercy College on Thursday, Oct. 15. The green machine opened up the match with a commanding and convincing first set victory by a clip of 25-11. It seemed as though the Pioneers would roll over Mercy, but the second set saw some bumps in the road, but a big opportunity as well. The back and forth set eventually saw the score evened up at 19, but the Pioneers went on a 5-1 spurt and eventually claimed the set.
The third set, much like the second set, saw Mercy battle to stay in the match, but in the end, the Pioneers finished with seven unanswered points and claimed the victory. It was a total team effort as eight players totaled kills, led by junior middle hitter Taryn McCullouch and senior setter Monica Amador who had nine apiece.
After a game that was all Green and Gold, the Pioneers got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday, Oct. 17, when they played Queens College in their house. They fell victim to the Knights from Queens and ultimately fell 3-1. After dropping the first set, the Pioneers snatched the second set by a score of 25- 23, led by freshman setter Giulia Genna and her three kills. The tightly contested third and fourth sets, which were both won by Queens College, were decided by a combined five points.
The Pioneers serve up their next match against Molloy College on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. from the Pratt Recreation Center.