North Andover, Mass. – The Merrimack volleyball team controlled the tempo of play all night as they went on for the 3-1 win over the visiting Le Moyne Dolphins. The win improves the Warriors record to 5-21 (2-12) on the season.
Game scores against Le Moyne: 25-16, 27-25, 22-25, 25-16.
"It was really rewarding as a coach to see everyone show up and play well on the same night," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We have had the building blocks all year but we put them together tonight. Brianna Trabucco played great for us all over the floor."
Set one was dominated throughout by the Warriors as they ended up winning the set 25-16. Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) led the way for the Warriors in the first set with three kills and six digs. The lead was held throughout by Merrimack as they put together one of their best sets of the season.
The second set was a back and forth affair that was eventually won by the young Warriors as they won the set 27-25. It took extra points in order to find a winner as Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH) put away the set with two late kills for Merrimack. The Dolphins led the set late but they were unable to stop the likes of Sheehan and Duarte for the Warriors.
The Dolphins came out in the third set and played their best set of the night as they pulled out the 25-22 victory. Merrimack had the lead early but they were unable to hold on as the Dolphins came back and won the third set. Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) led the way for the Warriors in the third set loss with four kills.
Merrimack put together a strong performance in the final set as they closed the door on the Dolphins late with the 25-16 dominating victory in the fourth set. The Warriors led throughout as they were given great performances by Reilly and Sheehan who both recorded four kills.
Offensively the Warriors were led by Sheehan who recorded a match-high 14 kills and 14 digs in the winning effort. Duarte and Reilly both surpassed the 10 kill plateau in the win with 12 and 11 respectively. Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH) chipped in with eight digs on the night and Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) recorded a match-high 42 assists.
The Dolphins were given a strong performance by Danielle Fetsch as she recorded a match-high 14 kills and nine digs. Megan Maisonet also played well with 36 assists for Le Moyne.
Merrimack (5-21, 2-12 NE-10) returns home Saturday for its final match of the 2011-12 campaign as they will take on Saint Rose at 1 pm. Before the game we will be honoring Duarte as a part of senior day.