Story and Photo by Brennan Waldorf
Broadwater Academy defeated Nandua at home, taking three of four sets (27-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-9) on Sept. 17.
The two teams met for the first time this season with the Warriors stealing the first set of the series.
Nandua was battling from behind throughout the series but managed to steal the first game from the Vikings who held the lead throughout the set. Nandua got off to unusual slow start as the Warriors struggled to find their groove but rallied behind the strong hitting from Lyric Sampson and Abigail Killmon. Nandua was down 19-12 as Broadwater’s strong play found success serving the ball behind the line. The Warriors were resilient as the Vikings looked out of sorts towards the end of the set eventually falling to the Warriors 25-27.
The next set was just exciting as Virginia Ross made several strong plays at the net that put the Vikings ahead. The Vikings strongest hitter Emily Nordwall was taken out of the game after a collision with another player and the floor; she would not return to the contest. The Vikings were able to close the game without her assistance but not without a fight from the Warriors who closed the gap and had the score locked at 21 before exchanging points and dropping the set 23-25.
The last two sets were all Broadwater as the Warriors began to slide downward not being able to find the groove that allowed them to stay in the sets before. They would drop both sets 11-25 and 9-25 to the Broadwater Vikings.
The Warriors will be in back in action at home against district rival Arcadia Sept. 19. Broadwater will hit the road Sept. 23 to face the Gateway Christian School squad.