Manchester, NH – The Merrimack volleyball team picked up two victories on Sunday afternoon, defeating Assumption in five sets and Saint Anselm in four sets.
Game scores against Assumption: 25-20, 19-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-9
Against Assumption, Merrimack was led by Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) who recorded a season-high 17 kills and nine digs while freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) racked up a career-high 33 digs. Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) picked up her fourth double-double of the season as she racked up 16 kills and 10 digs. Senior captain Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) also recorded a double-double as she had 37 assists and 17 digs in the five set victory.
The Warriors dominated the Greyhounds in the opening set as they defeated them by the score of 25-20 but they were unable to pick up a victory in either of the next two sets, trailing 2-1.
With their backs against the walls, the Warriors picked up the victory in the fourth set in easy fashion by the score of 25-17. In the fifth and deciding set, The Warriors proved to be the better team as they downed Assumption 15-9.
"We started out real slow against Assumption," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We picked it up towards the end and we finished them off in five sets."
Game scores against Saint Anselm: 25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 25-15
In the four set win over Saint Anselm, Sheehan led the Warriors with her fifth double-double on the season as she racked up a team-high 16 kills and 10 digs. Forcier recorded 13 more kills while Trabucco continued her solid play with 35 assists and a team-high 17 digs. Sophomore Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) continued her steady play with six kills and five blocks for the Warriors.
The Warriors dominated the first two sets by almost identical scores of 25-17 and 25-16 before the Hawks picked up their first set victory of the afternoon by the score of 25-23.
The Warriors however put the Hawks away in the fourth set as they downed the home team in dominating fashion, 25-15. The Warriors jumped out to the early 4-0 advantage after a monster kill by Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH). Merrimack dominated the rest of the set as they led by as much as 10 points, putting away the Hawks in four sets.
"We played real well against Saint Anselm," said Hajjar. "We may have played the best volleyball of the season in the match and I hope we can continue that play in the future."
Merrimack (7-7, 0-1 NE-10) will return to action on Tuesday as they will travel to take on conference foe Saint Michaels. First serve is set for 7 p.m.