Women's Volleyball Defeats So. New Hampshire, 3-1

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -  Junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) delivered her seventh double-double of the season recording 20 kills and 11 digs to lead the Merrimack College women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21) win over Southern New Hampshire in its Northeast-10 Conference match-up on Saturday.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3 |
Southern New Hampshire 1
Records: Merrimack (8-10, 3-2)
| Southern New Hampshire (8-7, 3-2)
Location:
Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened
Set one started out evenly contested before Merrimack pulled ahead by scoring points in small bunches. The Penmen clawed back to tie the game at 20-all but a service ace from Sheehan started a 4-0 for Merrimack. Merrimack took the first set, 25-21.

The second set painted a different picture with a total of six ties between the two teams before SNHU went on a 7-0 run to secure the set, 25-20. Early in the third set, SNHU took an early, 5-1, lead before Merrimack came back to tie the set at 10-all. After a service error by the Penmen, Merrimack went on a 6-0 run to secure an 18-11 lead. Merrimack took the third set, 25-16.

Merrimack was able to take an early 9-4 lead over the Penmen after going on a 4-0 run. The Penmen went on a 3-0 run that brought them with three points of the Warriors. Merrimack outside hitter Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) ended final set and match for the Warriors, 25-21.

Rookie Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) recorded 47 assists, while Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) led all student-athletes with 30 digs in the match. Senior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) had 13 kills and Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) had seven kills and 11 digs.

A Closer Look

  • As a team, Merrimack finished the match with a .256 hitting percentage, while SNHU finished with a .134 percentage.
  • Jones posted a .550 hitting percentage and tallied three blocks on the afternoon.
  • SNHU Emma Houlihan led the Penmen with 13 kills.
  • Merrimack posted 67 digs and nine blocks.
  • Junior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) and Stuhr recorded five kills each, repsectively.

What They Said

"A great all around effort today by the team. After battling through some unbalanced plays we came together and played really well to get the win" said head coach TJ Hajjar.

Up Next
The Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when they travel to Rindge, N.H. to face the Franklin Pierce Ravens in a Northeast-10 clash at the Fieldhouse. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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