Posted: Sep 16, 2017
It was a Warriors showdown in Bowman Gymnasium as the Nyack Warriors volleyball team played their first home match against East Stroudsburg University Warriors, battling without avail to drop the home opener 0-3.
In the first match, the Warriors stepped up and took an early lead with strong attacks from their front row offense. With the score at 8-7, senior Kelsi Collins left the game with an injury, and freshman Bailey Medeiros stepped up to fill the libero position. ESU fought back, and the teams were locked in a point-for-point battle through the first half of the game. With the score at 14-14, ESU went on a 5-1 run off of a string of serves and Nyack errors. The momentum shifted in favor of ESU and Nyack was unable to overcome their advantage, as ESU's offense carried them to the end. Nyack lost the first set, 18-25.
The second match started with ESU jumping out to an 8-1 lead as Nyack struggled to get their offense going. ESU again claimed the momentum throughout the rest of the game through strategic placements on offense and solid blocking, even as Nyack's defense gave impressive efforts in adjusting to cover the holes on the court. Nyack's offense made their own adjustments in finding open spots on ESU's side, but were not able to hit them consistently enough to shut down ESU's surge, and ended up dropping the second set 13-25.
Nyack came into the third set not willing to go down without a fight. Their defense showed up in both the front and the back row, blocking and digging the ESU attackers to keep Nyack in close range. Nyack was also helped by the offense as the setters spread the ball around, but ESU pulled ahead in the last points to close out the match. With the score at 20-21, ESU went on a 4-1 point run to hand Nyack the loss in the third set, 22-25.
Larreya Hayden led the Nyack offense with 10 kills, with Rachel Medin contributing 16 assists. Freshmen British Dawson and Bailey Medeiros held down the back court with 10 and 11 digs, respectively.
Next up, Nyack stays on their home court to face Concordia on Tuesday in their second conference match.