Volleyball Downed 3-0 by Saint Rose on Senior Day

North Andover, Mass. – The Merrimack volleyball team was downed by the Saint Rose Golden Knights 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Bert Hammel Court. The Warriors honored their only senior, Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH) before the game as part of their senior day ceremonies. The loss ends the season for the Merrimack volleyball team as they close out the season with a 5-22 (2-13) record.  

Game scores against Saint Rose: 25-12, 26-24, 25-20.

"It was a tough match for us today against a good team," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "This season had a lot of ups and downs but we are returning almost everyone next year which excites me about the possibilities of the team in the future."

Saint Rose jumped out to a quick 9-4 lead in the first set as Merrimack could not respond to their pressure. The Golden Knights did not relinquish the lead for the whole set as they closed out the set on an 8-0 to put away the Warriors, 25-12. Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) did her best to give her team the advantage but her three kills were not enough.

The Warriors fell behind yet again in set two by the score of 13-6 but two 6-0 runs for Merrimack pushed the set into extra points. Unfortunately the Warriors were unable to hold off the Golden Knights charge as they closed out set two with the final two points on thunderous kills. Duarte and Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH) each had good sets compiling four kills.

Merrimack jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the final set behind two aces by Duarte. The Warriors however were unable to keep the pressure up as they fell by the score of 25-20. A late 6-0 run by Saint Rose eventually put the Warriors away.

Duarte finished off her collegiate volleyball career with a well rounded game for the Warriors as she ended with six kills, five digs and four service aces. Reilly led the way for the Warriors with seven kills while Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) finished off her solid freshman campaign with five kills and seven digs. Jones racked up six kills and a team-high ten digs for Merrimack. Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) finished the game with a team-high 23 assists.

The Golden Knights were led to victory by Sarah Kahrs who recorded a match-high 11 kills, five service aces and five digs. Katy Daniels recorded 13 digs for the Golden Knights and Ariana Wilson had a team-high 19 assists and seven digs.

Merrimack finishes off the 2011-12 season with a record of 5-22 (2-13).