Volleyball Hangs With Bentley But Falls, 3-1

North Andover, Mass. – The Merrimack volleyball team lost a tightly contested conference game against the visiting Bentley Falcons on Tuesday night by the score of 3-1. The loss drops Merrimack to 3-18 (0-9 NE-10).

Game scores against Bentley: 16-25, 25-23, 15-25, 23-25.

"We played great tonight in this losing effort. Shaunda Forcier and Stephanie Sheehan were great for us tonight," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We had chemistry as a team out there tonight for the first time all year."


Set one was dominated by Bentley as they started off the set with a 7-2 lead and never let up on the young Warriors, winning the set 25-16. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, N.H.) played well for the Warriors in the set as she accumulated four kills and five digs.


Set two for the Warriors was one of the better sets of the season as they came out with the 25-23 victory. Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) dominated the second set as she had a set-high seven kills as the Warriors hit at a .382 clip for the set. Freshman setter Allison Cote (Chelmsford, Mass.) recorded 11 assists in the set for Merrimack.


The Falcons easily defeated the Warriors in the third set as they never gave up the lead throughout the set. Bentley won the set 25-15 as they went on a 7-3 run to end the set. Kelsey Buckner had a set-high five kills in the third set for the Falcons.


The final set of the night was a back and forth affair as the Warriors had the lead as late as 20-19 but a 6-3 run by the Falcons ended the night for Merrimack. Offensively Merrimack had its best performance of the season in the losing effort as they hit a combined .296 for the night.


Merrimack was led on the night by Sheehan who recorded a set-high 17 kills on the night. Forcier also recorded 11 kills and seven digs for the Warriors. Cote put in a great effort as she recorded 33 assists. Nicole Duarte (Windham, N.H.) accumulated eight kills and four digs in the losing effort.


The Falcons were propelled by to victory by Savannah Dominguez and Kelsey Buckner both recorded 13 kills on the night. Alex Tator recorded a game-high 46 assists in the four set victory for the Falcons.

Merrimack (3-18, 0-9 NE-10) will return to the home court on Thursday night as they will play the visiting American Int'l Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. inside the Volpe Gym.