MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Merrimack women's volleyball team rallied to tie the match at a set apiece, but Saint Anselm prevailed in the final two sets to edge past the Warriors on Thursday night at Stoutenburgh Gym.
The Warriors fall to 1-5 on the season while the Hawks move to 4-3 overall.
"We played very flat tonight," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We never played with any urgency to win."
Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the visitors with a match-high 15 kills and also tallied 16 digs for a double-double, while senior Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) recorded a team-high 34 assists in the loss. Freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) continued her strong play, finishing with a career-high 21 digs for the Warriors.
Game scores against Saint Anselm were 25-27, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25.
Merrimack dropped the opening set of the night by the score of 27-25 despite an attack percentage of .247, a match-high percentage. Trabucco led the way for the Warriors with seven assists while Burke added five digs.
Merrimack dominated the second set to draw even in the match as Sheehan finished the set with six kills and six kills while Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) chipped in with four kills and six digs.
The Hawks dominated the third and fourth sets to close out the match with their fourth victory on the young season by the scores of 25-22 and 25-20 respectively.
Saint Anselm was led offensively by Shannon Douglas who recorded a match-high 15 kills and 19 digs. Natalie Steinwart finished off her impressive night with a match-high 40 assists, seven digs and four kills for the Hawks.
Merrimack will return to the court on Saturday as they will travel to Assumption for an 11 am start.