Some will describe a great athlete as a person with a distinct knack for winning, and the ability to help those around them to perform at a higher level. If you ask someone who knows her, they might describe Janeen Conforti in that way. Throughout her four-year career at Dowling, Janeen was voted AVCA All Northeast Region twice, and all NYCAC three times. In her four years she played in 575 games and compiled 1494 kills. Janeen never lost a conference match, and was the heart and soul of the 1995 NYCAC championship team. Her former coach Bruce Grandin described Janeen as the “go to player” of the ’95 team we are honoring here tonight, as well as “one of the best offensive players in school history.”
Janeen chose to attend Dowling College because it was close to home and enabled her parents to watch her compete. Janeen considered her parents her biggest supporters, and wanted them to partake in her college career as much as possible. Janeen graduated Half Hollow Hills West in 1992, and the three-sport high school athlete started every game of her college volleyball career. Her senior year was undoubtedly her most memorable, and was a fitting way to end her outstanding career. The 1995 team dominated the NYCAC conference, and defeated longtime rival Bentley College in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament.
After graduating in 1995 with a degree in social sciences, Janeen moved to Miami, Florida and is now the director of operations for a modeling agency. Janeen chose to stay close to home for her college career, but helped Dowling College Volleyball get so very far. Her achievements will always be remembered, and her presence on the court has yet to be matched.
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