EASTON, MA – The Merrimack women's volleyball team was defeated in five sets on Tuesday night by the Stonehill Skyhawks after dropping the final three sets. With the loss, Merrimack falls to 7-10 overall and 0-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference.
"We just fell short when we needed to push through tonight," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "This is a tough loss for us after we were up 2-0 early on."
Three Warriors recorded double figure kills and digs in the losing effort. Leading the way once again for Merrimack was sophomore Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) who recorded her seventh double-double of the season with a team-high 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) continued her steady play for the Warriors as she finished with 10 kills and three blocks while Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH) finished with 11 kills. Senior captain Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season as she racked up 41 assists and 16 digs while freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) finished with a match-high 22 digs.
Game scores against Stonehill: 25-21, 25-19, 27-29, 15-25, 12-15
Behind four kills on six attempts in the opening set by Gosselin, the Warriors downed Stonehill by the score of 25-21. Merrimack ended the opening set on a 5-1 run to take the early match lead. The Warriors recorded an attack percentage of .250 in the first set while the Skyhawks were held to .073 hitting.
Merrimack took the second set by the score of 25-19 as Sheehan closed the set with back-to-back big kills. The Warriors used a 3-0 run early and a 5-0 run in the middle of the set to take the dominating 2-0 sets lead. Trabucco finished the second set with 10 assists after recording 11 in the opening set for the Warriors.
Stonehill stayed alive in the third set as they downed the Warriors in extra points by the score of 29-27. The Skyhawks took the early 6-0 lead in the set but the Warriors were able to climb back into the match.
The Skyhawks dominated the fourth set as they forced a fifth and deciding set by the score of 25-15. Stonehill used three 3-0 runs early and a 6-0 run in the middle of the set to down Merrimack.
With the 9-7 lead half way through the final set, Merrimack was unable to put the Skyhawks away as they allowed a 5-0 run and a 3-0 run to finish off the set.
The Skyhawks were led by Emily Iverson who recorded a match-high 55 assists and 13 digs in the victory. Kirsten Arvidson finished with a match-high 16 kills while Meaghan Lee racked up 15 kills and four blocks. Leading the way defensively was Erin Kelly who finished with 20 digs for the Skyhawks.
Merrimack (8-9, 1-3 NE-10) will return to the court on Friday night as they will travel to take on Southern Connecticut State at 7 p.m.