Posted: Nov 11, 2017
In their last regular-season match of the year, the Nyack Warriors volleyball team faced off against conference opponent the Felician Golden Falcons to claim victory at home on Senior Day. After recognizing their senior class, the Warriors got down to business in a 3-0 win that extended their CACC record to 12-7 and solidified their 3rd-place North Division finish.
In the first set, the Warriors got off to a slow start, finding themselves down 2-5. They found their rhythm on offense and closed the gap, but the Warriors and Golden Falcons kept the score close up until a tied score of 12-12. From then on, Nyack took control, capitalizing on some Golden Falcons errors and relying on solid defense to push ahead. The Warriors took the first set 25-16.
The start of the second set followed the same storyline, with both teams trading points and rallies to stay right with each other on the scoreboard. Tough serving for the Warriors helped them gain an edge, as well as adjustments made on defense to close the holes on their side. Freshman Kyra Zuhlke earned her 300th kill of the season to propel the Warriors into the lead, and senior Abbey Lawson served 7 straight points to close out the set for Nyack 25-17.
In the third set, the Warriors jumped out to an early lead thanks to smart choices made by their setters to generate kills on offense. Nyack kept their play consistent, forcing Felician to make their own errors, and the Warriors went up 20-15. The Golden Falcons were not ready to be done, however, and began putting up a strong block to shut down the Warriors offense. The Golden Falcons surged back to tie the score at 21-21, and both teams fought for every back-and-forth point to the end of the set. Nyack fought off a Felician game point at 24-25 and scored the last 3 points to win 27-25.
Kyra Zuhlke led the Warriors offense with 11 kills, and Abbey Lawson contributed at the net as well with 3 blocks. Senior Olivia Denny had 19 assists, and junior Megan Ma'afala-Maiva added 15 digs on defense.
Up next, the Warriors start the first round of CACC playoffs by traveling to take on Holy Family University in Philadelphia on Tuesday.