NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's volleyball team was defeated on Saturday afternoon by the New Haven Chargers by the score of 3-0. With the loss, Merrimack drops to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast-10.
"We came out strong but we were not able to come up with the big points against a good team," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We allowed too many big runs at the end of games which ultimately cost us the match."
Game scores against New Haven: 19-25, 26-28, 12-25.
Merrimack was led offensively by sophomore Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) who recorded a match-high 11 kills and seven digs in the loss. Senior Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) finished off her day with 29 assists, seven digs and four kills while Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) racked up seven kills and five digs in the losing effort. Freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) led the team once again with 17 digs.
The first set opened up tightly contested as the score was 4-4 right away. The Chargers went on a 6-1 run to take the 10-5 lead before the Warriors responded with a 3-0 run as Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) and Sheehan recorded kills. The Warriors ended the set on a 5-3 run but it was not enough, falling 25-19.
The Warriors and Chargers had an extra point battle in the second set as New Haven ultimately came out on top by the score of 28-26. With the score tied at 25, New Haven came up with a kill to take the one point lead before Sheehan tied it back up at 26. The Chargers finished off the set on a 2-0 run to take the 2-0 set lead.
The third set was dominated by the Chargers as they closed out the match on a 9-3 run on their way to taking the set by the score of 25-12.
The Chargers were led offensively by Keidy Candelaria who finished the game with a team-high nine kills and four digs. Kaulana Ane led the team with 28 assists while Kea-Marie Olaso and Kristen Lee each had 13 digs in the victory.
Merrimack (7-9, 0-3 NE-10) will return to the court on Tuesday as they will travel to take on Stonehill for a 7 p.m. start.