Jun 28, 2022 06:00 AM PST
Sasquatch Fighting Through Unconventional Lineup Drop Two Matches
The Seattle Sasquatch would drop both games over the weekend in 0-3 sweeps to the Texas Tyrants and Utah Stingers. They rightfully struggled with consistency as they found their starting setter in the libero jersey and their starting libero running a 5-1 offense. The 0-2 weekend would drop them to 1-7 overall and seal their fate not to make playoffs, albeit a handful of upsets occur at Event 5.
Sasquatch vs Stingers
Sasquatch concluded their unconventional weekend with yet another 0-3 loss, this time at the hands of a balanced Utah Stinger team. While they fought to keep the game close, they would never lead in any of the three sets.
The Stingers would see three of their four primary passers pass above 80%, allowing them to use their offensive weapons. Outside Inovel, Romero would contribute across the board, racking up 15 kills and three aces on the day to earn Man of the Match honors. Opposite Jorge Mencia was not far behind, putting away 13 of his kills to complement his three blocks. Newcomer Fabian Rohena would also see offensive success, putting away 8 of his 12 opportunities at the net. Defensively, Wilfredo Morales and Chandler Baugh would come through big for the Stingers, helping hold Sasquatch to just a 0.074 hitting clip.
Sasquatch also saw some success at the net, but their unforced errors and unfamiliar lineup were the difference in the match. Outsides Austin Schumacher and Peter Silva were able to put away 11 and 7 kills, respectively, but also combined for 11 hitting errors. However, they both passed over 75% to fight to stay in system with their unconventional lineup. With setter Jeffrey McDonald and libero Damian Higashi having to switch roles for the weekend, Sasquatch struggled to stay in system as they committed four reception errors and passed at only 67% efficiency as a squad.
While the Stingers struggled from the service line, missing 16 serves, and Sasquatch out-blocked the Stingers by a spread of 9 to 6, the 19 hitting errors ultimately led to the Stingers taking the match 3-0 and improving to 4-4 on the year, while Sasquatch dropped to 1-7.
#12 Austin Schumacher - 12 Points (11 Kills, 1 Block)
#7 Peter Silva - 7 Points (7 Kills)
#15 Inovel Romero - 18 Points (15 Kills, 3 Aces)
#9 Jorge Mencia - 14 Points (13 Kills, 2 Blocks)
#11 Fabien Rohena - 9 Points (8 Kills, 3 Blocks)
Sasquatch vs Tyrants
With a limited weekend lineup, Sasquatch would see some offensive success against the Texas Tyrants, who were missing both aces, Jake Langlois and Gian Grasso.
Opposite Jevan Coronado and outside Peter Silva would carry the team offensively, with Silva going 12 for 28 while Coronado going 10 for 18. Despite their success at the net, the rest of the team struggled with consistency, with outside Austin Schumacher next in line with six kills. This struggle in offensive connection likely came from trouble in service reception, with the team committing five reception errors and only passing at 60% efficiency.
The Tyrants would bounce back from a tight first set to take the next two pretty-handedly, with Anthony Robinson and Isiah Acfalle filling in big shoes offensively. Robinson would go near errorless while putting 10 of 21 away, while Acfalle would go 16 for 28 at a whopping 0.429 clip. Libro Jose Mulero would run the service reception, passing at 90% efficiency, while middle Ryan Maune and setter Gabi Quinones would lead the defense with four blocks a piece.
Ultimately, the trust and consistency the Tyrants had behind their unconventional lineup would be the difference in the match, allowing them to sweep Sasquatch 3-0.
#7 Peter Silva - 13 Points (12 Kills, 1 Ace)
#18 Jevan Coronado - 10 Points (10 Kills)
#11 Isaiah Acfalle - 18 Points (16 Kills, 2 Aces, 1 Block)
#11 Tim Johnson - 11 Points (8 Kills, 2 Blocks, 1 Ace)
#3 Anthony Robinson - 10 Points (10 Kills)
- NVA Staff Writer