October 29, 2013

Women's Volleyball Challenges Stonehill College Tuesday Night on MerrimackAthletics.TV

THE WARRIORS HOST THEIR ANNUAL "DIG PINK" GAME IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After shocking the College of Saint Rose, 3-1, Saturday night on Homecoming Weekend, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team plays host the Skyhawks of Stonehill College for its annual "Dig Pink" match at Hammel Court.

The Basics
Game: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (10-11, 5-3) | Stonehill (12-10, 4-2)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Dig Pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team will host its inaugural "Dig Pink" game in support of this cause. "It is important to us that we give back to the community and people who not only have breast cancer, but cancer in general," said junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.)

Last Time Out

The Warriors shocked the College of Saint Rose, 3-1, in a Northeast-10 Conference showdown at Hammel Court during Homecoming Weekend.

Junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan had another tremendous game for the Warriors recording her ninth double-double of the season with 21 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) and rookie Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) tallied 14 digs apiece.  Senior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H) helped the Warrior offense posting 14 kills and four digs. Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) assisted 45 of the 53 kills for the Warriors.

In the first set, Merrimack managed to go on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 5-4. The Warriors held a strong, 20-15, lead before taking the first frame from the Golden Knights, 25-21. After a big kill from Sheehan, the Navy and Gold managed to battle back to tie the match at 10-all before taking a 20-14 lead. The Warrior's offense finished the set, 25-23.

In the third set, Merrimack could not shut down the Golden Knight's offense and dropped the set, 25-15. It was a point-by-point battle between Merrimack and Saint Rose. With the game tied at four different times, Merrimack came together and went on a 6-0 run to bring the score to 20-14. Saint Rose managed to come back within four point but Merrimack secured the match, 25-18.

Last Season against the Skyhawks

  • Merrimack dropped a five set thriller to Stonehill, 3-2.
  • Game scores against Stonehill: 25-21, 25-19, 27-29, 25-15, 15-12
  • Sheehan recorded her seventh double-double of the season with a team-high 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocks.
  • Former senior captain Brianna Trabucco (Canton, Mass.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season as she racked up 41 assists and 16 digs.
  • Stonehill finished with a .166 hitting percentage, while Merrimack finished with a .165 hitting percentage.

The Warriors:

  • Entering this match, the Warriors have tied last season's record of 10 total wins.
  • Sheehan posted an all-time career record with 665 career kills back in 2011-12, until now she has posted an all-time career record of 845 career kills, moving her from the tenth spot to fifth.
  • Freshman Stuhr currently sits in fourth in the all-time record books averaging 10.23 assists per game for the season.
  • As a team, Merrimack ranks fourth in the conference with 866 assists and ranks third averaging 11.55 assists per frame.
  • Merrimack has not made a Northeas-10 Conference Championship appearance since 2010, when they loss to New Haven in the quarterfinals.

The Skyhawks:

  • Coming off a 3-2 victory over Southern Connecticut on Saturday.
  • Stonehill is currently tied in fourth place in the Northeast-10 with the College of Saint Rose with a 5-2 conference record.
  • Skyhawk outside hitter Delia Philips ranks second in the conference with 252 kills and ranks third with averaging 3.11 kills per frame.
  • As a team, Stonehill leads the NE-10 Conference with 3155 total attacks, while averaging 12.38 kills per set.
  • The Skyhawks also lead the conference with 1007 assists, while averaging 11.71 assists per game.

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