November 1, 2011

Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Saint Anselm

Manchester, NH – The Merrimack volleyball team was downed on Tuesday night at Saint Anselm 3-1. The loss drops the Warriors to 4-21 (1-12) on the season.

Game scores against Saint Anselm: 22-25, 25-15, 11-25, 22-25.

"We played pretty well tonight besides the third set," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "Offensively the errors in key spots killed us tonight. We allowed them to answer our leads with too many runs tonight."

Set one was a tightly contested set by both teams with Saint Anselm taking the early 9-5 advantage. But Merrimack took the lead shortly after with a 7-0 run to bring the score to 12-9. The Merrimack attack faltered after taking the lead and dropped the opening set 25-22.
Merrimack dominated set two after being up by the score of 5-4. They went on a 20-11 run to finish off the set with dominating play on both sides of the net. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) was Merrimack's best player in the second set leading the team with four kills. Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) also contributed with nine assists in the set.

The third set was dominated by the Hawks throughout as they won the set by the score of 25-11. Saint Anselm used a 8-0 run to end the set with the victory.

Merrimack played the Hawks very tight in the final set but they were unable to break through with the victory as they were downed 25-22. Merrimack started out the set up 5-1 but a late 6-0 run by the Hawks handed the Warriors a loss.

Offensively the Warriors were given solid performances by Forcier who finished with a team-high nine kills and nine digs on the night and freshman Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtwon, NY) who racked up eight kills and seven digs. Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH) finished with six kills and a team-high three blocks on the night.

The Hawks were given strong performances by Charlotte Tencza who had a match-high 11 kills and five digs. Natalie Steinwart racked up 31 assists and seven digs for the Hawks in the victory as well.

Merrimack (4-21, 1-12 NE-10) will return home for its final two games of the season on Friday and Saturday. The match Friday is at 4 p.m. and the match on Saturday will be at 1 p.m. and is also senior day for the team.