Apr 09, 2022 11:00 AM PST

Freedom Starts Season With Sweep Over Sasquatch

After a slow start, New Jersey Freedom overcame multiple hitting errors in the first set to overpower new franchise Seattle Sasquatch, 3-0.

Set one saw both teams struggling to find their rhythm in the early morning match, trading unforced errors and keeping the set tight. Sasquatch slowly pulled ahead, controlling their own mistakes, taking the lead to 16-14, capitalizing on a hitting and reception error by Freedom. However, Freedom would regroup, scoring seven of the following nine points to take the lead, 21-18. Finishing off in style with back-to-back Freedom blocks, the New Jersey team would end the set 25-20, with Sasquatch hitting 0.120 and Freedom hitting 0.222.

Set two saw Freedom jump ahead early, with opposite Joe Norman seeming to get more comfortable in the match. Freedom held a firm lead at 21-14 before a string of service aces and kills by Sam Kull brought Sasquatch within striking distance. However, Freedom regrouped and went almost errorless to take the set 25-19 while hitting 0.363 and holding Sasquatch to a 0.000 hitting percentage.

Freedom came out roaring in the third set and never looked back, quickly gaining a lead of four at 8-4 before extending the lead to seven, 16-9, on a Tom Burrell service run. Freedom would put away 13 kills of its 17 attacks, while Sasquatch struggled to respond defensively. Ultimately, Freedom would cruise to a 25-16 set win to take the match 3-0.

Freedom would finish the match with 18 blocks and a 0.394 hitting percentage. The Sasquatch was only able to put up 6 blocks and a 0.045 hitting percentage. The game saw Freedom starting 1-0on their season opener while Sasquatch fell to a 0-2 record.

Match Statistics

New Jersey Freedom:

#16 Joe Norman - 14 Points (9 Kills, 4 Blocks, 1 Ace)

#18 Tom Burrell - 14 Points (7 Blocks, 4 Kills, 3 Aces)

#4 Ian Capp - 12 Points (10 Kills, 2 Aces)

Seattle Sasquatch:

#9 Sam Kull - 12 Points (7 Kills, 3 Aces, 2 Blocks)

#6 Cody McCraken - 8 Points (6 Kills, 2 Blocks)

- NVA Staff Writer