Women's Volleyball Splits Pair of Matches at Molloy Saturday


Links: Box Score 1 | Box Score 2

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y – The Merrimack College women's volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon, claiming its first victory of the season, 3-0, against host Molloy College before dropping a 3-0 decision to Nyack to round out the day.

The Basics
Match 1 Score: Merrimack 3 | Molloy 0
Match 2 Score: Nyack 3 | Merrimack 0 
Records: Merrimack (1-6) | Molloy (3-3) | Nyack (3-5)
Location: Quealy Gymnasium|Rockville Centre, N.Y.

How It Happened
Game 1: In the match against Molloy College, junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y)led the offensive effort for the Warriors with 13 kills and a .121 hitting percentage with seven digs and one block. Freshman Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) added eight kills and a dig.

Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) assisted 33 points for the Warriors and five digs. Junior Aliya Winker (Arlington, Va.) had five kills and two blocks on the day those blocks being of the assisted variety. Senior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) had six kills and two block assists. Junior Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) had 10 digs.

In the first set, the Warriors trailed early behind, 10-4, before they ran away with it at a score of 25-23. The second set began as a back and fourth struggle with both teams tied up at 12-all before the Warriors rattled off three quick points and never looked back to take the frame. The Navy and Gold cruised through the final frame by a score of 25-22.

Game 2: In the second match of the afternoon, the Warriors fell to Nyack 3-0. Sheehan collected nine of the 34 kills for Merrimack. Burke collected 10 digs, while Stuhr assisted 29 kills. Jones added seven kills and four digs.

The Warriors fell behind early in the first set and slowly chipped away at Nyack's lead before falling behind 25-23. In the second set, Nyack jumped to a 11-4 lead over Merrimack and took the frame 25-23. The Warriors fell behind early in the frame but managed to tie the game at 20-20. Nyack ended the final set and match 25-22.

What They Said
Head Coach TJ Hajjar: "We had a great all around effort from everyone today. We really finished off sets when we needed to and remained focused against Molloy. In the loss to Nyack, we played pretty well but could not come up with the key points to win the match."

A Closer Look 
• Sheehan added to her league-leading  total in kills, upping her season total to 85
• Burke now ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 with 111 digs
• Nyack held a .180 kill percentage over the Warriors
• As a team, Nyack totaled 40 kills in the second match
• Merrimack had a total of 41 kills and 32 digs against Molloy in the opening contest

Up Next
The Warriors return to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 17, when they welcome Saint Anselm College for the 2013 home opener. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.


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