Volleyball Downed by Pace, 3-0

Pleasantville, N.Y. – The Merrimack volleyball team fell short in their attempt to pick up a conference victory at Pace on Friday night as they were downed 3-0. The loss drops Merrimack to 3-16 (0-7 NE-10).

Game scores against Pace: 25-15, 25-18, and 25-21.

Set one started off with Merrimack jumping out to a 5-3 lead early on. But the Setters controlled the rest of set one and downed the Warriors 25-15. Merrimack's last lead was 5-4 in the first set. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the way for the Warriors in the first with three kills.


Merrimack played better in the second set but a 6-0 run at the start of the set was too much for the Warriors to overcome as they were downed by the score of 25-15. Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH) provided Merrimack with some solid play early on in the set as she recorded four kills. Freshman setter Allison Cote (Chelmsford, Mass.) stepped in for the injured Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) with eight assists in the second set and finished with a team-high 22.


The third set was tightly contested as Pace pulled out the slim 25-21 victory. The Warriors started off the third set with the early 6-3 lead but they were unable to hold onto this lead as the Setters used a 6-0 run in the middle of the set to put Merrimack away.


Merrimack was given strong performances by Sheehan who recorded a team-high eight kills and seven digs, Jones who had seven kills and four digs and Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH) who had seven kills. Cote finished with 22 assists in her first appearance at setter all season.


The Setters were propelled by to victory by Nora Rugova who recorded 11 kills and seven digs on the night and Melanie Pavels who had 10 kills and eight digs. Defensively Elyse Rowland recorded a game-high 15 digs for the Setters.

"We came out very flat tonight as we lacked some intensity in the first two sets," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "Allison Cote stepped in at setter and played very well."


Merrimack (3-16, 0-7 NE-10) will head to Adelphi on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference tilt.