Volleyball Downed By UMass Lowell 3-0 in Closely Contested Match

NORTH ANDOVER, MA –The Merrimack volleyball team couldn't put away UMass Lowell when it had its chances late and were downed by the score of 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Volpe Gym. Merrimack had many opportunities late in sets to take the game, but they were unable to defeat the River Hawks and fell to 3-11 (0-2 NE-10) on the season.

Game scores against UMass Lowell: 26-24, 28-26, 25-22.

The Warriors played very well all night as they pushed two sets into overtime but they could not come up with the clutch point when it was needed most. In set one, the Warriors were tied at 24 with the serve but they were unable to come up with points as the River Hawks scored the final two points of set one for the victory.

Set two was another tightly contested set as it was pushed to overtime by the Warriors. Junior Jenna Reilly (Northport, N.Y.) tied the game at 17 with a powerful kill but Merrimack was unable to keep up with the River Hawks as they went on to win the set 28-26. Reilly led all players with seven kills in the second set and teammate Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) led all players with 12 assists.
Set three was yet again very well played by both teams as the River Hawks needed a late 9-5 run to pick up the win over the feisty Warriors. Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) continued her solid play as she recorded a set-high six kills. Trabucco yet again led all players with 12 assists in the final set.
The Warriors were led on the night by Reilly who recorded a team-high 11 kills and Jones who recorded 10 kills. Allison Cote (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the way defensively for the Warriors accumulating a match-high 12 digs on the night. Trabucco continued her outstanding play with a match-high 36 assists.
The River Hawks were given strong performances by many players as Lea Freeman led the team with 12 kills, freshman Anisa Smith recorded 11 kills and setter Kristina Wiltjer accumulated 31 assists.
"As a team we played pretty well and we gave 100 percent," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We had a couple of missed opportunities late in games to seal the deal but we couldn't do it as we lost two of the sets in overtime."


Merrimack (3-11, 0-2 NE-10) will travel to New Haven for a 7 p.m. tilt on Friday September 30.