Volleyball Blanks Pace 3-0 in Important Conference Match

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PLEASANTVILLE, NY - The Merrimack volleyball team tied a school record, set last season, with 20 victories, picking up an important 3-0 conference victory over Pace University Friday night.

Game scores were 25-13, 25-23, 25-19.

Merrimack took the first set 25-13 without committing an attack error, while totaling 15 kills, led by five from Molly Cindric (Westlake Village, CA).

After a closely-contested 25-23 second-set victory, the Warriors finished off the Setters, who entered Friday's match with an 8-3 conference record, with a 25-19 third-set victory, with Megan Murray (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) getting the final kill, her seventh of the game, to send the visitors to their third straight victory.

Cindric led the way once again with 13 kills and nine digs, one shy of her 12th double-double and also added a team-best three block assists and two aces. Murray hit .389 overall and totaled two blocks. Natalee Yeazle (Blaine, MN) recorded nine kills and hit .474, while Elyse Lorenz (Frankfurt, IL) posted 32 assists, seven digs and two aces. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) rounded out the offense with eight kills, with Alyssa Pickert (Tinley Park, IL) anchoring the defense with 18 digs.

"We had good all-around play, offense, defense, blocking, and at the net," said head coach Joey Pacis. "We did all the things we have to do to win games. We focused on the process and on execution and it really took the pressure off. It's a very good win, and we hope to continue it into tomorrow."

The Warriors were consistent all evening, hitting .316 overall, committing just seven attack errors, making quick work of the Setters.

Merrimack (20-9, 7-5 NE-10) looks to continue its momentum against Adelphi Saturday at 1 p.m. in another big conference matchup.