October 24, 2013

Women's Volleyball Takes On Le Moyne and Saint Rose on Homecoming Weekend

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. –  After dropping a tough, five set match to Northeast-10 rival Franklin Pierce, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team returns to Hammel Court to host two matches on Homecoming Weekend. The Warriors take on Le Moyne College Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and host the College of Saint Rose Saturday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.

The Basics
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (8-11, 3-3) | Le Moyne (7-10, 1-4)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (8-11, 3-3) | Saint Rose (13-2, 5-1)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

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.

Merrimack opened the first set on a 4-0 run by rookie Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and never looked back. The Raven tried to battle back but Merrimack secured frame one, 25-18. The Navy and Gold led for most of the second frame but Franklin Pierce rallied back and tied the set at 14-all. Franklin Pierce went on a 4-0 to bring them ahead, 20-16. Franklin Pierce closed the second frame, 25-19.

Similar to the first set, Merrimack opened the frame on a 4-1 run but Franklin Pierce was able to control the tempo and bring the set within one point. Franklin Pierce slowly started to pull away with the led and finished the third set on a 3-0 run by Sarah MacHugh. For the fourth set, Merrimack came out strong and took an early 11-3 over the Ravens. Merrimack's offense secured the fourth, 25-12.

In the final set of the game, Merrimack took an early 6-3 lead but just could not handle the Ravens' offense. Franklin Pierce went on a 4-0 run to take the lead at 11-8. Merrimack battled hard but dropped the final set and match, 15-12.

Junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) registered her eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 20 digs, while Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) tallied 13 kills and 10 kills, respectively. Libero Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) posted 22 digs and Stuhr assisted 41 of the 54 kills for Merrimack.

Last Season against the Dolphins

  • Merrimack lost, 3-1 against Le Moyne College.  (25-14, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19)
  • The Warriors dominated the opening set as they defeated the Dolphins by the score of 25-14. Sheehan led the Warriors with seven kills while Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) racked up 12 assists.
  • Burke recorded a team-high 10 digs.
  • Le Moyne dominated the last three set and led by Bethany Fabian who finished with 14 kills and three digs.

Last Season against the Golden Knights

  • Merrimack lost, 3-0 against Saint Rose. (25-20, 25-23, 25-20)
  • The Warriors were led by Sheehan who finished with 12 kills and nine digs, while former senior Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) finished with seven kills, five blocks and three digs in her final game.
  • Former setter Brianna Trabucco finished out her Merrimack career with 30 assists and nine digs.
  • The Golden Knights were led offensively by Kelsey Lace who finished with eight kills and two digs while Kayleigh Quinn finished with seven kills and 13 digs in the win

The Warriors:

  • Sheehan leads the team and the NE-10 with 274 kills and averages 4.03 kills per set.
  • Gosselin has a team-high 32 blocks on the season, while Sheehan has posted 29 blocks.
  • Burke currently ranks 19th in the nation averaging 5.44 digs per frame.
  • The Warriors average 1.48 aces per set and average 12.05 kills per set.

The Dolphins:

  • Coming off a 3-0 loss to Adelphi University Sunday afternoon.
  • Le Moyne Setter Megan Maisonet ranks fourth in the NE-10 averaging 9.11 assists per frame, while Merrimack Stuhr leads the NE-10 with 10.03 assists per set.
  • Compared to its opponent, Le Moyne averages 1.53 blocks per set, while its opponent averaged 2.22 blocks per frame.
  • Outside hitter Natalie Casson leads the Dolphins averaging 2.73 kill per set and has accumulated 172 kills this season.

The Golden Knight:

  • Coming off a 3-1 loss to defending Northeast-10 champions the University of New Haven Chargers.
  • Saint Rose currently is tied with Stonehill College in the Northeast-10 with a 5-1 conference record.
  • Libero Katie Daniels currently leads the NE-10 and the Golden Knights averaging 5.65 digs per set, while Merrimack Burke sits in second with 5.37 digs per set.
  • Middle hitter Alex Gagliano is key to the Golden Knights defense averaging 1.10 blocks per frame.

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