ALBANY, NY – The Merrimack women's volleyball team was downed on Saturday afternoon by the Saint Rose Golden Knights in straight sets. With the loss, Merrimack finishes the season with an overall record of 10-20 and 2-13 in NE-10 action.
"We did not finish out the season like we would have liked to," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We depart a great senior class that will be missed next season but also return a core of good players that will look to rebound next year."
Game scores against Saint Rose: 20-25, 23-25, 20-25.
Merrimack was led offensively by sophomore Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) who finished with 12 kills and nine digs while senior Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) finished with seven kills, five blocks and three digs in her final game. Fellow senior Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) finished out her Merrimack career with 30 assists and nine digs in the loss. Freshman Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) led the team defensively with 12 digs.
The first set was dominated by the Golden Knights as they defeated the Warriors by the score of 25-20 and did not trail after being tied at eight early on.
Merrimack hung tough in the second set as they were defeated by the score of 25-23. Merrimack took the early 9-4 advantage after a Jackie Jones (Amherst, NH) kill but Saint Rose took over from there, downing Merrimack to take the 2-0 lead.
After Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) tied the score at nine in the third set with a big kill, the Warriors were unable to sustain any pressure as the Golden Knights pulled away, downing Merrimack 25-20 to take the straight sets victory.
The Golden Knights were led offensively by Kelsey Lace who finished with eight kills and two digs while Kayleigh Quinn finished with seven kills and 13 digs in the win. Tori Daniels and Ariana Wilson each recorded double figure assist totals in the win with 17 and 15 respectively.