Women's Volleyball Shocks Saint Rose, 3-1, in a NE-10 Showdown

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass – Junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) recorded her ninth double-double, with 21 kills and 11 digs, to help lead the Merrimack College women's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over the Saint Rose Golden Knights Saturday night at Hammel Court.

The Basics
Merrimack 3 | Saint Rose 1
Records: Merrimack (10-11, 5-3)
| Saint Rose (13-3, 5-2)
Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened
To start off the first set, the Golden Knights to an early 3-1 lead before Merrimack went on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 5-4. Midway through the set, Merrimack held a strong, 20-15, lead and the Golden Knights were unable to finish dropping the first set to the Warriors, 25-21.

The Golden Knights opened the second set on a 2-0 run but was stopped after a kill from Sheehan. The Navy and Gold was able to tie the match at 7-all and 10-all before taking a 20-14 lead over Saint Rose. Merrimack's offense held strong and took the frame, 25-23.

In the third set, Merrimack could not shut down the Golden Knight's offense and dropped the set, 25-15.

In the final set,  it was a point-by-point battle between Merrimack and Saint Rose. With the game tied at four different times, Merrimack went on a 6-0 run to bring the score to 20-14. Saint Rose brought the game back within four points but Merrimack finished through to secured the match, 25-18.

Defensively, sophomore Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) and rookie Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) tallied 14 digs apiece.  Junior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) recorded six kills, three digs, and three blocks. Senior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H) helped the Warrior offense posting 14 kills and four digs, while freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) assisted 45 of the 53 kills for the Warriors.

A Closer Look

  • Saint Rose finished the match with a .204 hitting percentage, while Merrimack averaged a .199 hitting percentage.
  • Sheehan finished the night with a .421 kill percentage, while Jones tallied a .393 kill percentage.
  • On the night, Merrimack posted 53 kills, 50 assists and 60 digs.
  • Saint Rose Maryellen Devic tallied a team-high 12 kills, while the Golden Knights posed 24 blocks against the Warrior offense.

What They Said

"I think after this game we finally know who we are and what we're capable of doing. This game was a huge turning point in our season and now we know the sky's the limit", said Sheehan. "We needed all 15 girls and coaches to be on board, and that's exactly what happened."

"Fifteen girls came together all at the same time tonight", said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We truly played on confidence and energy all night."

Up Next
Merrimack volleyball returns to action Tuesday, Oct. 29, when they host the Skyhawks of Stonehill College for a Northeast-10 Conference showdown. The Warriors will be hosting their annual "Dig Pink" game to help support breast cancer awareness. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hammel Court.


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