By Julian Wilson
Assistant Opinions Editor
On Fri. Sept. 12, the LIU Post women’s volleyball team emerged victorious, as they fought hard on day one of the Wheeling Jesuit Invitational, in Wheeling, West Virginia. At the end of the day, the Pioneers managed to win both matches, in four sets against the Dolphins from Le Moyne College, and in five sets against the Rams of Shepherd University.
Freshman middle blocker Heather Ball gave the Pioneers a great start to the match against Le Moyne, with five kills and three blocks. Determined not to let their guard down after Ball’s entry, the Pioneers took the first set with a count of 25-18. However, in the second set, the Dolphins managed a comeback, and won the set by a score of 27-29. In the third set, both teams were knotted at four apiece, until the Green and Gold went on a run of 21-3 to claim the crucial set. The Pioneers only needed one more set for the win to move on, and despite the early score of 10-8, they came out victorious with a final tally of 25-12.
In their second match against the Rams, the Pioneers did not achieve a first set victory like they did earlier that day. Instead, the Pioneers lost the opening set 21-25, before regaining their composure to win the next two, with scores of 25-22 and 25-11. With back and forth results and the Rams taking the fourth set, both teams were tied at two sets apiece. Back-to-back kills from senior middle blocker Heather Adams and junior middle hitter Melissa Hansen kept the pressure on the Rams and helped lift the Pioneers to a five set victory.
Next on the schedule for the Green and Gold were the Eagles from Lock Haven University on Sat. Sept. 13, where the Pioneers claimed the first set with a five-point lead. In the following sets, the Pioneers suffered a two-point-set loss, before rebounding to overpower their opponent, and win the final two sets of the match. In the final game, the Pioneers tried to keep it close with the Cardinals from Wheeling Jesuit University, but lost the match in three sets, losing each set by at least 10 points.
Head Coach Shellane Ogoshi and the girls will be back in action on Sept. 16, where they will face their Northern Boulevard rival, NYIT, at the East Coast Conference. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.