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Senior Night Salutations

Women’s Volleyball celebrates its athletes at the Class of 2017 Senior Night.

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Senior Night Salutations

Women's Volleyball Seniors posing with their families on the court.

Women's Volleyball Seniors posing with their families on the court.

J. Emilio Flores

Women's Volleyball Seniors posing with their families on the court.

J. Emilio Flores

J. Emilio Flores

Women's Volleyball Seniors posing with their families on the court.

Yamani Wallace, Contributor

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Emotions ran high on the night of Nov. 11 for Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Juan Figueroa’s first senior send off. With a passionate speech before the start of the game, head coach Juan Figueroa had some memorable words for this year’s seniors.

“It is a sad day, but it is a happy day. It is actually my first class of seniors and seeing them play and sending them off to the real world. I am happy for them and I am sad for the program because we are letting go three amazing young ladies into the real world. I wish them nothing but the best. I hope we get this win for tonight to send them off properly.”

The team rallied together just before the game started to recognize three seniors, outside hitter Sifa Fa’aiu, defensive specialist Cynthia Giron, and setter Nicole Efseaff. Before the start of the game  the seniors were gifted with memorable plaques with pictures from all fours years of their volleyball career and bouquets of flowers.

Freshman setter, Baily Anderson had a few words for the seniors before the match began.

“I am really sad to actually see them leave they have been just so good to me. Coming into this program as a freshman I was kind of nervous at first. But all the seniors welcomed me with open arms. I am really going to miss them and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

However, athletes had to leave their emotions on the bench, as the game against the University of California, San Diego Tritons was set to begin.

After the Golden Eagles emotional win, senior outside hitter Sifa Fa’aiu had trouble fighting back tears:

“I love Juan as a coach and I am so grateful to have played for him. These past two years have by far been the most memorable of my career. I am sad to go, but I know the program is in great hands.”

The Golden Eagles now have a fighting chance to compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament starting on Nov. 16 in San Francisco.

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