Women's Volleyball Sweeps Saint Michael's, 3-0, on Senior Night


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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's volleyball team defeated Saint Michael's College on Tuesday night, 3-0. The Warriors were led by senior outside hitter Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) and junior outside hitter Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.). Jones tallied a team-high 15 kills and a .556 hitting percentage, while Sheehan recorded her 12th double-double, with 13 kills and 13 digs. Merrimack defeated the Purple Knights by the scores of 25-21, 25-16, and 25-14.

Prior to the start of the match, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team and head coach TJ Hajjar recognized its lone senior for her hard work and dedication over the past three years. Jackie Jones has helped the Navy and Gold post a 14-13 record, as the program seeks its first berth in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship since 2010.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3 |
Saint Michael's 0
Merrimack (14-13, 8-4) | Saint Michael's (12-11, 4-9)
Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.  

How It Happened
Merrimack set the tone early in the first set, grabbing a 6-1 lead on a kill by junior Aliya Winker (Arlington, Va.). The Purple Knights managed to go on a 3-0 run to bring the score within three points. With the game tied at 20-all, the Warriors went on a 3-0 run off a kill by Sheehan. Merrimack took set one, 25-21, after a service ace by Sheehan.

In the second set, Merrimack took an early 6-5 lead, before going on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 10-6. The Purple Knights were unable to stop the Warriors' offense from extending their lead to 20-12. Merrimack finished the set off with two service aces from freshman Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.).

The Warriors opened up the third on an 11-2 run led by an attack error on the Purple Knights. Merrimack extended the score to 19-4 before Saint Michael's went on a 6-0 run to bring the score within 10 points. Merrimack took the final set and match off back-to-back kills from Jones.

Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the offensive attack with a team-high 44 assists.  Winker and junior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) tallied six kills each, while sophomore Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) chipped in with 25 digs.

A Closer Look

  • Four Merrimack players tallied one block assist each.
  • As a team, Merrimack finished the macth with a .311 hitting percentage, while Saint Michael's finished with a .103 hitting percentage.
  • Junior Katie Wilcox (Pembroke, Mass.) tallied her first season kill during the third set, while freshman Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) tallied eight kills.
  • The Warriors posted two team blocks, while Saint Michael's tallied three team blocks.
NE-10 Standings

top eight –teams selected for postseason

1.New Haven (13-0)
2. Bentley (10-2)
3. Saint Rose (9-3)
4. Adelphi (9-4)
T5. Stonehill (8-4)
T5. Merrimack (8-4)
7. Franklin Pierce (8-5)
T8. Southern N.H. (7-6)
T8. American International (7-6)
10. Southern Conn. State (5-8)
11. Saint Michael's (4-9)
12. Le Moyne (3-9)
T13. Saint Anselm (2-11)
T13. Assumption (2-11)
15. Pace (0-13)
  • With a win on Friday, the Warriors could clinch a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.
  • The Navy and Gold have not made the NE-10 Championship since the 2010 season.
Up Next

The Warriors return to action on Friday, Nov. 15 when they travel to New York, N.Y. to face the Setters of Pace University in a Northeast-10 Conference showdown. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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