Posted: Sep 23, 2017
Nyack hosted Holy Family and Merrimack in the first home volleyball tri-match of the season, defeating Holy Family 3-2 to improve to a 3-1 conference record and losing to Merrimack 1-3.
The first match against Holy Family Tigers swung back and forth in momentum between sets before Nyack claimed the hard-fought win. In the first set, the Warriors used strategic placements on tips and rolls to gain points on offense, taking advantage of some Tigers errors to take the set 25-18. Holy Family made adjustments in the second set to generate their own kills, and Nyack was not able to answer in time, dropping the second game 13-25. The Warriors answered in the third set by spreading the ball around on offense, utilizing their passing on defense and serve receive to get the ball to the hitters. The teams battled point-for-point until Nyack pulled away to take the third set 25-23. In the fourth set, Holy Family answered with a surge of their own. The Tigers defense did not allow Nyack any easy kills, and their offense took over as Nyack dropped the game 17-25. Tied 2-2, the teams headed into the deciding 5th set. Holy Family started the game off with the lead, switching sides with the Warriors down 5-8. The Tigers kept the lead until the Warriors made a late drive, going on a 6-1 run to seal the victory against their conference opponent with a 15-13 win.
Senior Alexus Winters had 12 kills and freshman Rachel Medin had 27 assists to lead the Warriors offense against Holy Family, with freshman libero British Dawson adding 14 digs and freshman Kyra Zuhlke serving 4 aces.
In the next match against Merrimack, Nyack fought hard but was not able to pull off a second win. The Warriors rolled into the first set carrying the momentum, keeping their offense going en route to a 25-17 win. In the second set, Merrimack got out to an early lead that put Nyack down 3-13. The Warriors battled back but were not able to overcome the deficit, falling just short to lose the second game 21-25. The third set saw the teams rallying back and forth to keep within a few points of each other, punctuated by scrappy rallies on both sides of the net. Merrimack and Nyack were locked point-for-point in closing out the game, but the Warriors could not close it out, dropping the third game 24-26. Merrimack started the fourth set strong, jumping out to a lead and making Nyack play from behind the rest of the set. The Warriors again made a surge near the end of the game, but Merrimack's lead proved to be solid, and Nyack lost the fourth set 19-25.
Freshman middle Kyra Zuhlke led the hitters with 12 kills, with senior Olivia Denny contributing 16 assists and freshman British Dawson adding 11 digs.
The Warriors take to the road on Wednesday in a conference match against Georgian Court.