By Michael Otero
The Pioneers played perhaps their best two matches of the season on Saturday, Oct. 3, when they won both in straight sets against Le Moyne College and Pace University.
In their first match against Le Moyne, the first set was tightly contested until five straight points set the tone for the match. The Pioneers won that set and the match handily. Sophomore outside hitter, Danielle Valenza, recorded 16 kills and nine digs while senior middle hitter, Melissa Hansen, added eight kills of her own.
In their next match against Pace, the first set played out very similarly to the first set against Le Moyne. Tied at 20, the Pioneers got key back-to-back blocks, which gave LIU a lot of momentum to win the set. The second and third sets that followed were more of the same for the Pioneers, who registered rally after rally and spurt after spurt and eventually the three-set victory.
Head Coach Shellane Ogoshi and the Pioneers are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 10, when they host Daemen College. First serve is set for noon.