Nyack Volleyball Drops Two in Tri-Match Debut

Nyack Volleyball Drops Two in Tri-Match Debut
Brookville, NY - The Nyack College volleyball team kicked their season off with two straight matches at LIU Post in Long Island. They fought hard in their 2017 debut, dropping tough matches to West Liberty and LIU Post.

In the first match, Nyack battled West Liberty, who pulled away to win the match 1-3. In their first official game as a team, the Warriors started off quickly. The first set saw the Warriors up by as many as 8 points, but they had to fight to hold their lead and finished with a close win at 25-23. In a match defined by defense, the Warriors front row put up a solid block while the back row kept the ball alive during crucial plays. The Hilltoppers came into the second set with a renewed offense, and the Warriors were unable to hold them off, finishing with a score of 11-25. The next two sets were close, but West Liberty pulled away and won with scores of 20-25 and 19-25, respectively. Seniors Lindsay Miller, Megan Ma'afala-Maiava, and Lexy Winters led the Warriors with 6 kills each, while Abbey Lawson had 5 blocks, Kelsi Collins had 28 digs, and freshman Rachel Medin contributed 19 assists. Stephanie Leonard led West Liberty with 12 kills, along with Kailee Cunningham adding 27 digs and Amanda Leonard putting up 24 assists.

Nyack transitioned rapidly into their next match, fighting against LIU Post to finish the day. The Pioneers came out swinging, setting the Warriors back with a fast offense and ending the set with a score of 12-25, LIU Post. The Warriors picked up their game in the next set and played solid defense combined with a strategic offense. The set consisted of long exciting rallies back and forth, but in the end, LIU Post pulled away to win a close set 22-25. In the third set, the Warriors were not able to stop a fast start by the Pioneers and the deficit was too large for them to overcome, finishing down 7-25. Game leaders for this match were Kelsi Collins with 8 digs, Olivia Denny with 9 assists, and Larreya Hayden with 4 kills for Nyack and Indira Rojas with 16 digs, Giulia Genna with 14 assists, and Rachel Londot with 9 kills for LIU Post.

After finishing the day, the Warriors are now looking to tomorrow, where they will play two more matches at Molloy University.