Cedar Rapids, Iowa - On Thursday, the LIU Post
volleyball team's historic campaign came to a finish, falling by a
3-0 count to sixth-ranked West Texas A&M in an NCAA Division II
National Quarterfinal at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids,
Down 15-10 in a tightly-contested first set, the Pioneers (25-10) registered seven of the next nine points to even the score at 17-up. Senior middle blocker Makamae Namahoe (Hilo, Hawaii) tallied four kills and one block in the spurt. Sophomore middle hitter Melissa Hansen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added a pair of blocks.
From there, the two squads exchanged one more tied score, before the Lady Buffs (35-3) pulled away for the victory. Tied 22-22, West Texas A&M collected the next three points, capped off by a solo block from red-shirt senior middle blocker Laura Iwuchukwu (Edmond, Oklahoma) to take it, 25-22.
Behind 6-2 in the second set, the Lady Buffs, who hit .306 in the game, went on a 16-3 run to go in front 18-9, and coasted to a 25-17 win. Sophomore middle blocker Lexi Davis (Dumas, Texas) sparked the run with three of the first four kills, while junior right-side hitter Kameryn Hayes (Cypress, Texas) closed it out with three straight aces.
Leading by a slight 8-7 edge in the third set, West Texas A&M pulled away with a 12-3 streak to take a 20-10 lead, and never looked back. Iwuchukwu and Davis recorded three kills apiece in the burst. Senior outside hitter Lee Golden (Davie, Fla.) pitched in two kills of her own.
For the match, Namahoe amassed 11 digs and nine kills. Junior middle blocker Heather Adams (Centerville, Ohio) notched seven kills. Hansen and senior middle hitter Susy Cricchi (Borgovelino, Rieti, Italy) had five kills each. Junior setter Lulu Centro (Rome, Italy) finished with 27 assists and seven digs. Sophomore libero Rachel Ringor (Honolulu, Hawaii) registered a match-best 20 digs.
Head Coach Shellane Ogoshi and the Pioneers conclude the 2013 season at 25-10 overall, and as NCAA Division II East Region champions.
Provided by the LIU Post Sports Information Department.