Volleyball Falls to Southern New Hampshire 3-0 in Home Opener

North Andover, MA –The Penmen of Southern New Hampshire defeated the Merrimack volleyball team 3-0 thursday night inside the Volpe Gym.

Game scores were 25-22, 25-19, 25-20.

Merrimack stormed back after falling behind 17-11 midway through set one, tying the Penmen at 21. But the Penmen were too much and they handed the Warriors a 25-22 loss in set one. The Warriors were led by senior Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH) who recorded her second double-double on the young season with 11 kills and 12 digs.

Set two was led throughout by Southern New Hampshire. Ashley Daoust and Megan Lesczynski led the way for the Penmen in the second with three kills apiece. Duarte did her best to help the Warriors pull out a victory in game two, with her four kills and seven digs, but her efforts were not enough as Merrimack was downed 25-19.

Merrimack hung with Southern New Hampshire in set three as they were tied at 17, but an 8-3 run to end set three for the Penmen put Merrimack away. Set three was a closely fought set as there were 12 ties.

Merrimack junior Brianna Trabucco (Canton, MA) continued her solid play from the setter position as she recorded a team high 23 assists. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) put in a strong performance as she produced seven kills and eight digs for the Warriors.  

"We had a hard time working together tonight, we never gelled and it made it tough for us to come away with a victory" said Head Coach TJ Hajjar. "We have a real young team and we all need to work together and gel in order for us to be successful."

Merrimack (2-6, 0-1 NE-10) will travel to American International for a sunday afternoon contest September 18 at 1 PM.