Volleyball Look to Solidify Playoff Spot; Concludes Regular Season Play


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After sweeping Saint Michael's College 3-0 on Tuesday night, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team concludes its regular season with a pair of road matches against Pace University and Adelphi University. The Warriors take on the Pace University Setters Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The Navy and Gold faces the Adelphi University Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (14-13, 8-4) | Pace  
Location: The Goldstein Fitness Center | New York, N.Y.
Links: Live Stats | Video 

Game: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (14-13, 8-4) | Adelphi
Location: Center for Recreation and Sport | Garden City, N.Y.
Links: Live Stats  | Video

Last Time Out

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 junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.). 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 senior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.).

Last Season against the Setters:

  • Pace defeated Merrimack 3-1 (25-20, 30-28, 25-12, 25-22).
  • The Setters, meanwhile, were led by double-double efforts from Nora Rugova and Megan Kurz. The former finished with 14 kills and a team-best 18 digs, while the latter earned a side-high 17 kills and 12 digs.
  • Merrimack picked up a win in the first set (25-20) before the visitors stormed back to take the second set by a score of 30-28.
  • Pace cruised to a 25-12 win in the third set before wrapping up the match with a 25-22 set victory in the final frame.

Last Season against the Panthers:

  • Adelphi defeated Merrimack 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23).
  • Merrimack was led offensively by Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) who finished with a team-high 10 kills and four digs while Sheehan finished with nine kills and six digs in the loss.
  • The Panthers were led offensively by Chelsea Overholt who finished with a match-high 13 kills and seven digs in the win.
  • Bianca Hernandez finished with a match-high 12 digs and three kills while Katie Bryson finished with 34 assists for the Panthers.

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 will clinch a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.
  • The Navy and Gold have not made the NE-10 Championship since the 2010 season.
  • Merrimack could finish as high as fourth.

The Warriors:

  • Sheehan currently ranks third in the All-Time records with 1,032 total kills in her career, also ranking third in kills per set with 3.90.
  • Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) averages 10.31 assists per set, while ranking fifth in the All-Time records with 969 total assists.
  • The Warriors have not clinched the NE-10 conference since 2010 after falling to New Haven, 3-0.
  • Merrimack has won four out of the five games played in November.

The Setters:

  • Coming off a 3-1 loss against Stonehill College on Sat. Nov. 9
  • The Setters have lost their last 10 games.
  • The team averages 10.12 kills per set, while averaging 9.57 assist per frame.
  • Ashley DiFulvio leads the team with 239 total kills and averages 2.17 kills per frame.

The Panthers:

  • Adelphi is coming off a 3-0 loss to Bentley University on Sat. Nov. 9
  • The Panthers have lost their last three games.
  • Adelphi ranks fifth in the conference averaging 12.15 kills per set and 11.21 assists per set.
  • Kaitlyn DeStefano leads the team and is ranked fourth in the conference with 312 kills, while averaging 2.94 kills per set.


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