Volleyball Downs UMass Lowell, Holy Family Friday

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Junior Molly Cindric (Westlake Village, CA) posted 33 kills in two matches, leading the Merrimack volleyball team to wins over UMass Lowell and Holy Family at the Bridgeport Tournament Friday.

In a four-game (25-20, 25-17, 15-25, 25-14) victory over Lowell, the Warriors took advantage of 10 River Hawk attack errors and escaped with the 25-20 victory, despite hitting just .024.

After taking a 2-0 lead with a 25-17 victory in the second game, Lowell hit .269 in the third game to keep the match alive, before the Warriors posted their best game on the match, getting 18 kills in the 25-14 fourth-game victory.

Cindric tallied her first double-double of the season on 16 kills and 12 digs. Elyse Lorenz (Frankfurt, IL) added her first double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs to go with a game-high five aces. Also in double-digits for digs were Alyssa Pickert (Tinley Park, IL) (18 digs), Heidi Wroblicky (Irvine, CA) (12 digs), and Natalee Yeazle (Blaine, MN) (13 digs).

Yeazle tallied a team-high five block assists, as the Warriors had eight team blocks in all.

“It was another step in the right direction for our young team,” said head coach Joey Pacis. “The difference today against a very good Lowell team was serving. We got some easy points from the service line. Our two non-starting middles are starting to come along and contribute significantly. Overall, we had a solid performance, and I hope to continue it through the weekend.”

In the second match, the Warriors blanked Holy Family 3-0 with game scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-18.

Merrimack came out strong, registering 28 kills to just 11 attack errors in the first two games to take a controlling 2-0 advantage. They wrapped it up in the third, converting on 78% of their sideouts.

Cindric hit .400 in the match and added six digs, while Lorenz added another 32 assists. Pickert picked up 20 of the team’s 50 digs and posted a team-high three aces.

The Warriors (3-1) conclude tournament action Saturday against Caldwell (3 p.m.) and Bridgeport (7 p.m.).