Nov 04, 2017
The Nyack Warriors volleyball team squared off against the Bloomfield College Bears at Nyack's home court. The Warriors started off strong but were knocked down by the surging Bears, losing 2-3 to bring their CACC record to 10-7.
In the first set, Nyack came out firing to take an early lead. They jumped ahead at the start of the game off of hard attacks and tough serves, setting the Bloomfield defense back and opening up spots on the other side of the court. Up 24-18, the Warriors put the ball away one more time to take the first game 25-18. In the second set, the Warriors again started out with an early lead. Their consistency, however, was not as tight, and the Bears capitalized on some Nyack errors to tie up the game at 18-18. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle marked by scrappy defensive plays on both sides to keep the ball alive. The teams traded points all the way up to 24-23 Nyack, when the Warriors claimed the last point to win 25-23.
Heading into the third set, the momentum seemed to be in favor of Nyack. Bloomfield was not about to go down easily, however. From the start, the Bears kept the score close, forcing Nyack to fight to keep up. The Warriors put up a strong block at the net, but the Bears strategically found their way around it to generate kills on offense. Nyack kept up their offensive fire, but it fell just short as they lost the third game 22-25. In the fourth set, Bloomfield took advantage of some early Nyack errors to put the Warriors in a deficit. Finding themselves down 4-14, the Warriors pushed back, turning defensive plays into offensive kills to bring themselves back within reach at 9-15. From there, though, they were not able to keep up the surge, with the Bears defense preventing the Warriors from getting many kills. Nyack lost the fourth set 11-25.
In the deciding fifth set, Nyack started off down 0-3 and could not recover from the early deficit. They fought hard to keep the ball up on defense and serve receive, hitting shots on offense to earn points, but could not put the ball down consistently on the Bears' side of the court. The Warriors switched sides down 5-8, and Bloomfield kept the lead through the end of the game, as Nyack lost the set 10-15 and the match 2-3.
Alexus Winters led the Warriors offense with 14 kills. Rachel Medin earned a triple double with 12 kills, 26 assists, and 25 digs, notching the highest number of both assists and digs for Nyack.
Up next, the Warriors travel to Concordia on Wednesday.