May 06, 2022 17:00 PM PST
Battle of the Newbies Ends with Kraken’s First NVA Win!
While setting a new NVA record for the most extended set, Colorado Kraken battled to a 3-0 win over the Seattle Sasquatch.
Set one saw both teams battling through long rallies, with neither team able to gain a strong lead. Eventually, Back-to-back kills by Alvaro Ascues helped the Kraken pull away slightly to earn a 17-15 lead before a string of Kraken errors brought it back to 18-18. Sasquatch's Peter Silva had back-to-back kills of his own late in the set to take a 21-18 lead before Liam Jenkinson's kill, and a Sasquatch reception error brought the game back to a tie at 23-23. The teams would then continue to exchange points before fatigue kicked in late in the set, with both teams combining for eight missed serves in the final stretch. Kraken would fight to hang on, taking the set on a Rowdy Martin kill, 36-34.
Set two saw another exchange of points, with Sasquatch pulling away 12-9 on a Dylan Haskell service error. Kraken sided out and took a commanding lead of their own on a service run by Rowdy Martin to take a 14-12 lead. A string of blocks from Haskell and a couple of Sasquatch service errors allowed Kraken to take over and take the set, 25-20.
Set three started similarly, with both teams earning their points through long rallies. Sasquatch's Jevan Coronado had a kill on the pin to help tie the set 10-10. Kraken was able to get a slight lead off an Ascues kill before Jacob Tinitali responded with two kills of his own to tie the set 17-17. The exchange would continue while the Sasquatch fought to force a fourth set before a Liam Jenkinson service run and a Rahul Patel kill finished the set 25-21 and saw Kraken taking the match 3-0.
Kraken would end the match, hitting a whopping 0.407 while racking up 15 blocks as a team to Sasquatch's 0.289 and 8 blocks. Both teams would break even from the service line, as each team committed 18 service errors. This match pushed Kraken to 1-2 and Sasquatch to 0-3 on the season
- NVA Staff Writer
#19 Alvaro Ascues - 18 Points (13 Kills, 3 blocks, 2 Aces)
#3 Rahul Patel - 11 Points (11 Kills, 2 Blocks)
#11 Dylan Haskell - 9 Points (6 Kills, 4 Blocks)
#7 Peterson Silva - 14 Points (14 Kills)
#9 Sam Kull - 10 Points (8 Kills, 4 Blocks)
#18 Jevan Coronado - 10
Points (8 kills, 2 Blocks)