Merrimack Volleyball falls to Western New Mexico and Minnesota-Crookston

THE WARRIORS DROP TWO NON-CONFERENCE MATCHES IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

Links: Box Score 1 | Box Score 2

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Down in Austin,Texas, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team dropped two games to non-conference opponents Western New Mexico and Minnesota-Crookston 3-0. The Warriors improve to 0-4 overall.

The Basics
Score:
Merrimack 0 | Western New Mexico 3
Score: Merrimack 0 | Minn.-Crookston 3
Records: Merrimack (0-4) | Western New Mexico (2-1) | Minn.-Crookston (3-1)
Location:
Recreation and Convocation Center| Austin, Texas

How It Happened
Game 1:
Outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y) collected a team-high eight kills. Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) and Juliette McCall (Torreance, Calif) both contributed six kills apiece. Gosselin led the team defensively with three blocks. Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted 27 assists and four digs for the Warriors. In the libero position, Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif) tallied nine digs.

In the first set, the Mustangs took control of the game 11-21 before the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to cut the by three. The Warriors couldn't answer back to the Mustangs dropping the set 25-20. It was a quick second set for the Warriors dropping to the Mustangs 25-15. For the third set, the Warriors put the pressure on but were unable to stop the Mustangs offense, ending the match 3-0.

Game 2: Sheehan led the team offensively with eight out of the 27 kills for the Warriors. Stuhr contributed 21 assists and seven digs. Burke collected a team-high of 18 digs and four service aces. The Warriors had a total of four blocks and 55 digs.

It was a quick set one for the Warriors, falling to Minnesota-Crookston 25-13.The Warriors came out of the gate firing back with a 4-0 run to start set two. The Golden Eagles bounced back to take set two 25-22. Dropping the first two sets, the Warriors managed to keep their momentum going by tieing the Golden Eagles 24-24. Even with this momentum, the Warriors succumbed to the Golden Eagles 26-24.  

What They Said

  • "Playing some of the top teams in the country and going point for point with them proved Merrimack is ready to take the next step this year."
  • "As a coach I couldn't be more proud of these girls as they played with heart and passion all weekend."

A Closer Look (Inside The Box Score)
Game 1:

  • The Warriors posted 28 kills, 28 assists, four team blocks and 39 digs. 
  • Sheehan collected eight kills, six digs, and assisted a block.
  • Gosselin had a .462 kill percentage.

Game 2:

  • Collected a total of 27 kills, 25 assists, 55 digs, and five blocks.
  • Gosselin and Stuhr had a .333 kill percentage.

 

Up Next
The Warriors return to action Wednesdayt, Sept. 11 when they travel to Waltham, Mass. to face Bentley University. The match is set for 7 p.m.

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