October 2, 2012

Volleyball Falls In Straight Sets At Saint Michael's

Colchester, VT – The Merrimack women's volleyball team was defeated on Tuesday night by the Saint Michael's Purple Knights by the score of 3-0. With the loss, Merrimack falls to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in the Northeast-10.

"We just couldn't stop their runs tonight," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "The girls played completely out of our system and never seemed to get their footing."

Game scores against Saint Michael's: 23-25, 23-25, 18-25.

Leading the Warriors offensively once again was sophomore Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) who recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs. Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) and Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) each racked up eight kills in the loss. Freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) led the Warriors once again in digs with 21 while senior Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) finished with 32 assists and nine digs in a losing effort.

The Warriors jumped out to the quick 2-0 start after back-to-back kills by Sheehan off of Trabucco sets but Merrimack couldn't hold onto the early lead, falling behind 16-13 midway through the opening set. The Warriors pulled within one later in the set, 22-23, after a kill by Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) but the Purple Knights picked up the set win two points later.

Merrimack opened the second set with a big kill from Gosselin and then they went on a 5-0 run, making the score 6-1, after three straight attack errors by the Purple Knights and a kill from Forcier and Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH). The Warriors however allowed Saint Michael's to go on a 4-0 run and an 8-0 run later in the set, taking the 19-15 lead. Following a Merrimack timeout, the Warriors responded with a late 5-0 run as Reilly and Sheehan recorded kills, equaling the score at 23. The final two points of the set were won by Saint Michael's, giving them the 2-0 set lead.

The third set was dominated by the Purple Knights as they closed out the match on a 4-0 run to finish off the Warriors, 25-18.

The Purple Knights were led by Katie Walsh who recorded a team-high 12 kills and seven digs while Jess McLeod finished with a match-high 33 assists. Courtney Dunne finished off her impressive game with 19 digs in the victory.

Merrimack (7-8, 0-2 NE-10) will return home on Saturday, October 6 to take on the New Haven Chargers at Bert Hammel court for a 1 p.m. match.