Nanooks win first set against Nazarene Crusaders

Aaron Walling

Sun Star Reporter

Brook Mattice prepares to hit the ball over the net during the Nanook's game against Northwest Nazarene. Even though they came out on top during the first set, the Nanooks ended up losing the game 3 to 1. - Max McKernan / Sun Star

Brook Mattice prepares to hit the ball over the net during the Nanook’s game against Northwest Nazarene. Even though they came out on top during the first set, the Nanooks ended up losing the game 3 to 1. – Max McKernan / Sun Star

They came, they saw, and they dominated. That was the mentality of #16 Northwest Nazarene (18-2) who steamrolled the Nanooks (2-18) after a grueling first set that went to Alaska.

The Crusaders went on to win a 3-1 over the Nanooks that saw some dominating performances from players such as Taylor VanValey and Michelle Terpstar who were lights out for most of the match. Their tough play in front of the net gave them opportunities to pick apart the Nanooks defense from multiple angles. This of course came with great setups from Taylor Roberts to give Terpstar many open shots at a kill.

The Nanooks during the first set were showing extreme mental toughness of taking on the #16 team in the nation to go toe-to-toe with them throughout it. After some nice plays from outside hitter Brooke Mattice the Nanooks forced timeouts by the Crusaders that saw the set go to extras with the Nanooks winning 28-26 in the first set.

The Nanooks kept the pressure on the Crusaders not making it easy for them in front of the nets. The first set saw the determination that a coach wants out of a heavily underdog team against a ranked opponent. This came with the much excitement out of the crowd who were amazed to see the Nanooks beating the #16 team in the nation in the first set.

With the Nanooks winning the first set, there was new found confidence in the players. However, most of it went away as the Crusaders began to pound the Nanooks with an array of spikes that Alaska couldn’t seem to counter. The Crusaders’ right side hitter VanValey showed why the Crusaders were ranked high by throwing a heavy dose of thunderous spikes, and her serves stopped all momentum for the Nanooks as the Crusaders went on to win the three sets in a row to win 1-3 over the Nanooks.

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