Bridgeport, Conn. - On Friday, the 2014 season came to an end for the sixth-seeded LIU Post volleyball team, as it lost by a 3-0 scoreline to No. 2 seed New Haven in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II East Region Championship at Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium.
During the opening set, New Haven (23-8), leading by a slight 6-4 margin, rattled off a 14-3 run to widen its advantage to 20-7. Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii) served back-to-back aces in that stretch, while Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo.) slammed down a pair of kills. The Pioneers fought back, and eventually closed the gap to 24-16, but it was too late by then.
Up 6-5 in the second set, LIU Post scored four unanswered points to make it a five-point game (10-5). Freshman middle blocker Heather Ball (Gilbert, Ariz.) tallied consecutive kills in the spurt. Yet, the Chargers rallied to even things up at 12-all, and later held a 17-14 edge, forcing a Pioneer timeout. UNH never looked back from there, and took a two-set lead.
In the third set, the green and gold trailed 8-3, until a quick 4-1 run cut the deficit to 9-7. Senior middle blocker Heather Adams (Centerville, Ohio) capped the spurt with a service ace.
Despite the comeback attempt, New Haven pulled away. The Chargers soon grabbed a seven-point lead (14-7), and ensured a date versus top-seeded Bridgeport in the East Region final on Saturday night.
Freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Danielle Valenza (Hauppauge, N.Y.) paced LIU Post on the evening with seven kills. Adams registered six kills and four digs. Four other players had four kills apiece. Senior setter Lulu Centro (Rome, Italy) dished out 15 assists. Junior libero Rachel Ringor (Honolulu, Hawaii) totaled 12 digs.
Head Coach Shellane Ogoshi and the Pioneers rounded out the 2014 campaign at 20-14 overall, including an 11-5 clip in East Coast Conference play.
Provided by the LIU Post Sports Information Department.