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RINDGE, N.H. - Junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) recorded her eighth double-double of the season, 13 kills and 20 digs, but the Merrimack College women's volleyball team dropped a tough, five set match to Northeast-10 rival Franklin Pierce Tuesday night in Rindge, N.H.
Score: Merrimack 2 | Franklin Pierce 3
Records: Merrimack (8-11, 3-3) | Franklin Pierce (7-6, 2-4)
Location: Fieldhouse | Rindge, N.H
How It Happened
Rookie Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the Warriors to an early 4-0 lead to begin the first set against Franklin Pierce. The Ravens tried to battle back but Merrimack went on a 4-0 run and the Navy and Gold took set one, 25-18.
Merrimack led most of the second frame but Franklin Pierce managed to tie the score at 14-all. After a ball handling error by Stuhr, the Ravens went on a 4-0 run to bring the Ravens ahead, 20-16. With Franklin Pierce controlling the tempo of the game, they take set two, 25-19.
The Warriors opened up the third set with a 4-1 lead before Franklin Pierce rallied back to bring the score with one point. With the score tied at 18-all, the Ravens slowly started to pull away and finished the set on a 3-0 run by Sarah MacHugh.
With the Warriors down 2-1 against the Ravens going into the fourth set, Merrimack came out strong and took an early 11-3 lead. Franklin Pierce was unable to stop the Warrior offense and Merrimack took the fourth set, 25-12.
The Navy and Gold took an early 6-3 lead but the Ravens rallied back to tie the game at 7-7. After a kill by Catie Swiderski, Franklin Pierce went on a 4-0 run to take their first lead in the fifth by a score of 11-8. Merrimack battled back but could not finished, and Franklin Pierce secured the final set and match, 15-12.
Freshman Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) and junior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) helped lead the Warriors' offense with 13 kills and 10 kills, respectively. Libero Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) posted 22 digs, while Stuhr assisted 41 of the 54 kills for Merrimack.
A Closer Look
- As a team, Merrimack finished with a .160 hitting percentage, while Franklin Pierce averaged a .106 hitting percentage.
- Gosselin posted a team-high four blocks on the night.
- The Ravens out digged the Warriors, 74-72.
- Stephanie Svorinic recorded the only double-double for Franklin Pierce with 33 assists and 10 digs.
What They Said
"We played pretty well but we just fell short when we needed to push through tonight," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We have to keep the consistency going throughout the match."
Top-eight qualify for postseason
T1. New Haven (6-0)
T1. Bentley (6-0)
T3. Saint Rose (5-1)
T3. Adelphi (5-1)
5. Stonehill (4-2)
6. American International (5-3)
T7. So. New Hampshire (3-3)
T7. Merrimack (3-3)
9. So. Connecticut (3-4)
10. Saint Michael's (2-3)
11. Franklin Pierce (2-4)
12. Le Moyne (1-4)
13. Assumption (1-8)
14. Saint Anselm (0-4)
15. Pace (0-6)
Merrimack returns to Hammel Court Friday, Oct. 25 when the Warriors play host to the Le Moyne College Dolphins. The match is scheduled for approximately 7 p.m.