New Haven Hosts Tri-Match Saturday with Merrimack and No. 8 Nebraska-Kearney

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After defeating Saint Anselm, 3-1, on Tuesday night, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team travels to West Haven, Conn. for a tri-match between Northeast-10 foe the University of Haven Chargers and new opponent Nebraska-Kearney.

The Basics
Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 | 12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (7-7, 2-0) | No. 8 Nebraska-Kearney (15-2, 4-1) | New Haven (11-3, 4-0)
Location: Charger Gymansium | West Haven, Conn.

Last Time Out

The Warriors extended their winning streak to four with a 3-1 victory over Saint Anselm on Tuesday. Merrimack secured the first and second frame, 25-19 and 25-16, respectively. Saint Anselm took the third set from the Navy and Gold, 25-19. The Warriors bounced back and completed the win with a fourth set victory by a score of 25-23.

Leading the Warriors charge for the fourth straight win was junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.), she tallied 14 kills with a .167 hitting percentage, 16 digs, and three blocks assists. Rookie Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) continued her outstanding play with her second double-double on the year as she contributed 12 kills and 16 digs, while freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted 27 assists, nine digs, and two service aces.

The Warriors:

  • The Warriors ranks third in the Northeast-10 averaging 13.43 kills per set, while Sheehan averages 4.06 kills per set.
  • The Navy and Gold's offense holds a 12.23-11.23 advantage over its opponents in kills per set.
  • Merrimack has won its last four games and this streak is the longest since the Warriors won seven games in a row in 2010.
  • Rookie Stuhr and Sheehan lead the team with four double-doubles on the season while Cain collected her second double-double against Saint Anselm.

The New Haven Chargers:

  • Six-four senior middle Amber Cannady, a 2012 AVCA honorable mention All-American, leads at 3.58 kills and 1.48 blocks per set while hitting .370.
  • Senior middle Ashley Dalton (2.17 kps & .310 attack pct.), a transfer from Division I Northern Arizona, is one of four other Chargers over 1.50 kills per set.
  • Sophomore libero Kea-Mari Olaso at a team-best 5.02 digs per set.
  • As a team, the Chargers rank first in the Northeast-10 with a .256 hitting percentage.

The 8th-Ranked Nebraska-Kearney Lopers:

  • Pesavento needs just 34 more kills to become the 24th Loper with 1,000 kills in a career. She'll also be the fifth middle since 2000 to reach that milestone.
  • Sophomore MJ Massanet is averaging 4.09 kills and 3.91 digs per set while hitting .374. That included a 25-kill performance at Washburn; the school-record for kills in a match is 31.
  • the Lopers in the nation's in Top 25 in four categories; attack percentage (.276), assists (13.58), kills (14.38) and digs (17.94) per set.


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