DOBBS FERRY, NY – The Merrimack women's volleyball team split two matches on Saturday at Mercy as they defeated the Mavericks in straight sets and then were defeated in five sets against American International. Merrimack improves to 9-16 overall and 1-9 in the NE-10.
"We had a great all around effort from everyone today," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We really finished off sets when we needed to and remained focused against Mercy. In the loss to AIC, we played pretty well but could not come up with the key points to win the match."
Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH) led the way offensively for the Warriors in the first match as she finished the match with a team-high 11 kills to go along with three digs and a team-high four blocks. Sophomore Allison Cote (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished off her best match of the season with a match-high 33 assists and a team-high nine digs. Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) put together a solid performance for the Warriors as she finished with eight kills and eight digs while Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) finished with seven kills, four digs and four blocks in the win. The freshman duo of Hannah Pavlik (Monument, CO) and Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) each compiled six digs in the victory.
Scores against Mercy: 25-23, 25-20, 25-19.
The first set was a very back and forth set as the two teams were tied at 22 late in the set but the Warriors were able to close the set out on a 3-1 run, winning 25-23. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) closed out the set with a big kill after a nice assist by Cote.
The Warriors grabbed their biggest lead of four midway through the set as Sheehan recorded a kill, making the score 18-14. The Mavericks fought back and closed the set out strong as they were only outscored by one point down the stretch, falling 25-20.
Merrimack started the final set out on a 4-0 run and never looked back as they were up by as many as six early on. A kill by sophomore Taciane Santos (Everett, Mass.) and a attack error by the Mavericks gave the Warriors the 25-19 victory in the last set.
The Mavericks were led offensively by Brenna White who finished with a match-high 17 kills and seven digs. McKenna Ronan finished with a team-high 26 assists while Kirstie Zubiate finished with a team-high 11 digs in the loss.
Match 2 vs. American International
Scores against AIC: 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 12-15
The Warriors were led by Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) who recorded another double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Senior Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) finished off her game with 33 assists and eight digs while fellow senior Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) finished with seven kills and 10 blocks in the loss. Hanna Pavlik (Monument, CO) finished off her game with a team-high 13 digs while Jackie Jones (Amherst, NY) recorded seven kills, six blocks and five digs.
Merrimack dominated the opening set as they turned away the Yellow Jackets by the score of 25-20 but AIC responded quickly in the second set downing the Warriors 25-16.
The Warriors outlasted the Yellow Jackets in the third set as they won 25-22 to take the 2-1 lead, heading into the fourth and possible final set.
AIC did not let the Warriors put them away in the fourth as they fought back to win the set 25-19 and they closed the match out in the fifth set, winning 15-12.
The Yellow Jackets were led by who finished with a team-high 16 kills and 11 digs while Siri Ngundam finished with 14 kills. Kervelle Redhead recorded a match-high 44 assists in the five set win.
Merrimack will return to action on Tuesday as they will host UMass Lowell in a conference matchup at 7 p.m.