Bentley Edges Merrimack in Northeast-10 Thriller, 3-2

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's volleyball team dropped another hard fought, five-set battle against Northeast-10 rival Bentley University Tuesday night at Hammel Court.

The Basics
Bentley 3 | Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (7-10, 2-2)
| Bentley (11-6, 5-0)
Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

It was an offensive battle between Merrimack and Bentley, but Merrimack controlled the ball and secured the first set, 25-20. Merrimack opened the second set on a 6-0 run, before taking the second frame from the Falcons, 25-20. With the momentum on the Warrior's side, Bentley stole the third set from Merrimack, 25-21.

It was another offensive battle, with both teams going point–for-point, but Bentley managed to take the fourth set, 26-24. In the fifth frame, Bentley managed to find their groove and take the final set, 15-12.

Junior outside hitter, Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the offense with 24 kills and eight blocks, while rookie Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) recorded a career-high 13 kills and a .214 hitting percentage. Merrimack setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington, Beach, Calif.) posted a career-high 54 assists. Junior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass) and Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) tallied nine and seven kills, respectively.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack finished the match with a .147 hitting percetage, while Bentley finished with a .139.
  • Bentley held a 11-7 edge in team total blocks.
  • Rookie Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) posted a career-high 24 digs and Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) posted 19 digs.
  • One Bentley player tallied a double-double in kills and digs.
  • The Warriors move to 4-2 overall at home. 

What They Said
"Tonight was truly a battle against a strong team. The girls understand the importance of every point and will be ready to get back to the court," said head coach TJ Hajjar. 

Up Next
The Warriors return to Hammel Court on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they play host the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire for an afternoon Northeast-10 volleyball clash. Match is scheduled for approximately 1 p.m.


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