Posted: Oct 28, 2017
The Nyack Warriors volleyball team hosted the Caldwell Cougars in a home conference match, battling back from an 0-2 deficit to come just short of a victory, losing 2-3 and bringing their CACC record to 9-6.
In the first set, the Warriors were set off balance early in the game by the Cougars, who did not allow Nyack many opportunities to score points. The Warriors started down 2-7 and were not able to put the ball past the Cougars defense to generate momentum on offense, but they capitalized on strong defense on their own side to keep it close. The early deficit was too large for the Warriors to overcome, and they lost the first game 19-25. In the second set, the two teams traded points back and forth in the beginning of the game. The Warriors slowly but surely began to find more holes in the Cougar defense, but still could not hold the Cougars back from going ahead 11-15. Nyack fought back towards the end of the game, but ended up losing the second set 22-25.
Down 0-2, Nyack headed into the third set ready to leave it all on the court. They utilized their scrappy defense to keep the ball alive, but still found themselves down 19-23 near the end of the game. The Warriors kept their play consistent and forced Caldwell to make the errors, going on a 6-0 run to win the fourth set with a come-from-behind score of 25-23. In the fourth set, the score again went back-and-forth with both teams making plays to keep themselves in the game. Nyack put up a strong block to help keep the ball on the Cougars' side of the court. With the score tied at 22-22, the Warriors scored three quick points to send the match to a deciding 5th game.
In the last set, the score swung back and forth as both teams scrambled on long rallies to fight for points. The teams switched sides with Nyack down 5-8, but the Warriors' net play generated points off of swings and blocks to put the score at 12-10 in their favor. The Cougars gained momentum off of a side-out play, and fought back with 5 straight points to take the set win 15-12 and to claim the match 3-2.
Alexus Winters led the Warriors offense with 12 kills, with Rachel Medin contributing 25 assists and British Dawson adding 24 digs.
Up next, the Warriors will travel to Philadelphia to take on the University of Sciences on Tuesday.