The Nyack Warriors volleyball team went into their first CACC match of the season ready to put themselves to the test. They traveled to Post University to begin their conference play, battling against the Eagles to fall just short in a 2-3 loss.
In the first game, the Warriors were quickly set back by the strong offense and blocking of the Eagles. Nyack was able to keep up with Post in the beginning of the game, but after a run of serves and swings from the Eagles, the Warriors found themselves down in a deficit they could not overcome. Nyack dropped the first set 15-25. The second game was a similar story, as Nyack and Post were locked point-for-point up until Post went on a 8-1 run to establish the score at 16-9. The Warriors adjusted their game plan, rotating their defense against the Eagle attackers and sending the ball deep on offense. They were still not able to answer the Eagles' push, and the Warriors lost the second set 19-25.
Nyack was not ready to be done, and surged into the third set with newfound drive. They shut down the Eagles from going on any runs, keeping within 1 or 2 points and pulling ahead at times during the game, thanks to their strategic placements on offense and an adjusted defensive game plan. When the score hit 20-20, the Warriors and the Eagles were locked in a point-for-point battle that saw highlight-worthy saves and rallies on both sides of the court. The game stretched into extra points, and the Warriors finally pulled out the win 28-26. Nyack carried their momentum into the fourth set, keeping the lead throughout the game thanks to on-point serving and passing. Setter Kaitlyn Massey went on a run of serves to keep the Warriors moving forward, and Nyack held off a surge by the Eagles to take the fourth set 25-23.
In the fifth and deciding set, the Warriors started out strong, shutting down the Eagles front row with a solid show of blocking. The teams switched sides with Nyack up 8-5. The Eagles started hitting open spots in the Warriors defense and came back to tie it up at 13 all, with both teams rallying back and forth to keep the ball alive to get the next point. The game went to 15-15, but a kill and a block in succession by the Eagles put Nyack down 15-17 to drop the last game.
Nyack's middle blockers for the game both had impressive showings, with senior Abbey Lawson hitting .300 with 14 kills and freshman Kyra Zuhlke hitting .407 with 13 kills. Setters Kaitlyn Massey and Rachel Medin had 17 and 21 assists respectively, and senior libero Kelsi Collins added 27 digs for the match.
Up next, the Warriors face East Stroudsburg university in a non-conference match for their home opener on Saturday.