NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's volleyball team was defeated by the UMass Lowell River Hawks in straight sets on Tuesday night at Bert Hammel Court. With the loss, Merrimack falls to 9-17 overall and 1-10 in NE-10 action.
"We just didn't have the energy to win tonight," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We couldn't prevent them from going on big runs in the middle of sets which cost us tonight."
Game scores against Umass Lowell: 21-25, 17-25, 21-25.
Merrimack was led offensively by Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) who finished the game with a team-high 13 kills, six digs and three service aces. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) finished the game with 10 kills and two digs while Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) finished off her game with six kills and two digs in the loss. Sophomore Allison Cote (Chelmsford, Mass.) played well as she finished with 20 assists while freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) finished with a team-high 12 digs.
The Warriors opened up the first set playing well as Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) was awarded with a kill to give the Warriors the early 10-9 lead. The River Hawks fought back and went on a 10-4 run to take control of the set, downing Merrimack 25-21 in the first set. Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) led Merrimack with 11 assists in the opening set while Jamie Muntz led Lowell with four kills.
The middle set was dominated by the River Hawks as the Warriors were not able to put together consecutive points, falling 25-17. Sierra Brown led the River Hawks with seven kills in the set while Forcier led the Warriors with six kills herself.
The Warriors fought back in the final set to tie the score at 18 as Sheehan recorded back-to-back service aces. The two sides traded points for the next three points before Lowell finished the set on a 4-0 run to put away the Warriors on their home court.
The River Hawks were led offensively by Sierra Brown who finished with a match-high 15 kills and four blocks in the win. Jamie Muntz finished with 10 kills while Kiana Raposo finished with a team-high 10 digs for Lowell. Olivia Parkins led the River Hawks with a match-high 38 assists and four digs in the victory.
Merrimack (9-17, 1-10 NE-10) will return home on Saturday afternoon for a conference matchup with the Assumption Greyhounds. Saturday's game will start at 5 p.m. and it will be the Warriors Senior Day.