NORTH ANDOVER, MA – After losing the conference opener to
Stonehill on Wednesday, the Merrimack volleyball team rebounded
with a 3-0 win over Franklin Pierce Friday night in a
Game scores were 25-13, 25-22, 25-17.
The Warriors came out strong, taking an early 10-1 lead behind the serve of Heidi Wroblicky (Irvine, CA) and cruised to the 25-13 first-set victory with Molly Cindric (Westlake Village, CA) getting seven early kills.
Franklin Pierce (3-9) led for most of the second set, but the Warriors evened the score at 18 after a kill from Natalee Yeazle (Blaine, MN) and put the set away 25-22, with Megan Murray (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) firing her 10th kill of the match for the clincher.
Merrimack led for the entire third set, with Yeazle getting two aces en route to the 25-17 victory.
Cindric finished with 12 kills and five digs, while Alyssa Pickert (Tinley Park, IL) added a match-high 13 digs and a service ace, giving her at least an ace in seven straight matches. Elyse Lorenz (Frankfort, IL) picked up 28 assists in just two sets, with Brianna Trabucco (Canton, MA) getting eight assists and a dig in the final set. Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH) added two kills in the third set. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) tallied seven kills, while Yeazle finished with six digs, five kills and four aces.
Katie Ristow led the Ravens with 10 kills, while Pamela Walker added 22 assists.
The hosts forced 22 Raven attack errors, as the visitors had a hitting percentage of just .043.
Merrimack (11-3, 0-1 NE-10) rounds out a three-game home stand against Southern New Hampshire Saturday at 1 p.m.