Jul 29, 2022 06:00 AM PST

Kraken Rocked the Boat in Their First NVA Season.

The Colorado Kraken saw their inaugural season end in a heart-breaking 2-3 loss to the Dallas Tornadoes in Event 5. Kraken came out swinging in Event 1, immediately going to five with the Utah Stingers only to be swept by the Dallas Tornadoes to start 0-2. 

However, Event 2 would see the addition of newcomer setter Rowdy Martin, whose newfound court energy led to sweeps over Seattle Sasquatch and Southern Exposure to bring their record to 2-2. In what was quickly the most brutal schedule a new team could face in their inaugural season, Kraken came into Event 3 fighting. A 3-1 loss to last year’s champions, OC Stunners, would solidify their legitimacy as a squad before a controversial call late in the fifth set against the Las Vegas Ramblers would drop them to 2-4 on the season. Event 4 seemed promising; however, with the injury of their stud outside Alvaro Ascues, they would drop matches to both the Inland Empire Matadors and Team Freedom. Their playoff hopes would come down to their last game, which was a rematch against the Dallas Tornadoes, after dropping a 3-0 decision to the Utah Stingers. With Ascues missing due to being onThe Voice Peru, the rest of the Kraken squad, led by Liam Jenkinson, showed up and showed out against the Tornadoes. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough as the Tornadoes would squeak out the last playoff spot, 3-2. 

Their 2-8 record on the season did not reflect the team's strength, but rather the program's age. Taking sets off some of the strongest and most experienced teams showed their tenacity and ability to compete, while dropping various matches showed the immaturity of the program. Suppose they can retain their starters Rowdy Martin, JJ Rosa, and Alvaro Ascues while also gaining depth in the middle. In that case, they could be a force to reckon with in the 2023 season.

- NVA Staff Writer