Through the first six games of the young season, the Northwestern volleyball team has just been looking for consistency. They may have gotten some of that on Saturday as Triad came to town.
The Warriors enjoyed a sweep of the Cardinal, winning in straight sets 25-19, 25-12, 25-21 to run their record to 2-4 on the season.
“We are down one player, but we were able to utilize everyone and try different lineups,” said Northwestern coach Rebecca Macy. “This is close knit group of players and they are aware of strengths and weaknesses they have and they help each other out.”
Northwestern jumped out quickly in the opening game as Britney Snapp scored three points to give the Warriors a quick 4-0 lead, but Triad settled in to tie the game at 4-4 behind the serving of Kiki Zizzo.
Haylee Lough recorded a pair of kills to help push the Warriors back in front, but again the Cardinal fought back. The game was tied twice, with the last being 13-13 before Northwesters started to pull away in game one.
The Warriors led 19-15 and later still held a four-point lead when Lough served three consecutive points to give the host squad the opening game win. Lough recorded four kills in the opening game.
Game two also saw Northwestern jump out to a 6-2 lead only to see Triad fight back. The game was later tied 8-8 and when the Warriors led 13-10, they started to pull away for the win.
Kyndall Berner reeled off five consecutive points to grab a 18-10 lead, then put the game away behind the serving of Ericka Litteral as Northwestern was one game from victory.
It was a different story in game three, as the Warriors struggled to get the ball over the net. They had five service errors in the early going, and that was something Macy noted needs to be addressed.
“The serving was brutal, we had 13 misses serves today total,” Macy said. “It was focus with them. Their misses serves were aggressive misses serves, but that was too many to have.”
“It was our fourth match this week and the dynamics were not where they should have been.”
The third game was tight throughout, with 14 ties including 21-21 as the Warriors were trying to get the deciding win. Alainey Kleis put together three consecutive serves to finish off the Cardinal and give the Warriors the win.