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Purchase Volleyball Celebrates Senior Players

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The outcome of Friday night's Purchase women’s volleyball match against Sage took on added meaning with pregame festivities celebrating the significant contributions of the team’s “Core Four” of senior class players.Although visiting Sage would sweep Purchase 3-0, the Panthers played well in defeat on Senior Night. Before the conference showdown, Purchase recognized seniors Lindsay Froman, Olivia Hintz, Rachael Popovic and Mickaela Olson – four of the program's finest student-athletes in recent memory.The ceremony was led by Sports Information Director Bobby Ciafardini as the seniors were recognized with certificates of appreciation from athletic director Ernie Palmieri and head coach Bill Kutner. Kutner also presented senior with flowers and a small token of appreciation.

Popovic, a two-sport athlete who also plays softball, was accompanied by teammate and dear friend Danielle Johnson during the ceremony. She also took great pride in getting a chance got to play in front of her father.

Olson was joined by her mom Jean and sister Abby. Enjoying a stellar senior campaign, Olson, the former standout setter, has embraced a position change, becoming an elite libero in the Skyline Conference. The co-captain was introduced as a “team leader, whose bright smile has always brought cheer.”

Froman, another two-sport athlete, returned this year from a one-year hiatus. A standout pitcher on the softball team, she has helped the Panthers volleyball program get back on the right track this fall.

The Panthers saved the best for last, recognizing perennial Skyline award winner Hintz during the final introduction. The centerpiece of the program, Hintz, who has played three college sports during her tenure as a Panther, has made the volleyball court her domain.

Sage won the match 25-19, 25-15 and 25-22.

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