THE WARRIORS CLINCH THE NO. 7 SPOT IN THE NE-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass – The Merrimack College women's volleyball team was downed on Saturday afternoon by the Adelphi University Panthers in three straight sets. With the loss, the Warriors finish the regular season with an overall record of 15-14 and 9-5 in Northeast-10 action.
Score: Adelph 3 | Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (15-14, 9-5) | Adelphi (18-11, 10-4)
Location: Center for Recreation and Sport | Garden City, N.Y.
How It Happened
Junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the offensive charge for the Warriors with 12 kills and eight digs, while senior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) had seven kills and five digs. Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted 20 assists and five digs. Sophomore libero Madison Burke (San Jose Calif.) chimed in with a team-high nine digs.
The Navy and Gold fell behind early by a score of 10-8 but continued to chip away at the deficit. The Panthers pieced together 15-4 run to bring the score to 22-12. The Panthers got the better of the Warriors by a score of 25-15.
Merrimack took an early 3-2 lead before Adelphi tied the Navy and Gold at 4-all. Afterwards, the Panthers went on a 4-0 run to extend the lead to six (12-6). Adelphi went on taking the second set from the Warriors, 25-14.
The Warriors opened the third set with an 11-10 lead over Adelphi. The Panthers managed to go on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 14-12. Merrimack tied Adelphi at 21-21, but Merrimack was unable to stop the Panthers from going on a 4-1 run to end the set and match, 25-22.
A Closer Look
- Junior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.), freshman Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) and junior Taciane Santos (Everett, Mass.) each posted a kill on the afternoon for the Warriors.
- Junior Aliya Winker (Arlington, Mass.) posted a team-high two blocks, while Sheehan posted the third block.
- Adelphi finished the afternoon with a .284 kill percentage, while Merrimack averaged a -.011 kill percentage.
- Colleen Raga led the Panthers with a team-high 11 kills, while Katie Bryson posted 29 assists on the afternoon.
top eight –teams selected for postseason
1.New Haven (14-0)
T2. Saint Rose (11-3)
T2. Bentley (11-3)
4. Adelphi (10-4)
T5. Franklin Pierce (9-5)
T5. Stonehill (9-5)
T5. Merrimack (9-5)
8. American International (8-6)
9. Southern New Hampshire (7-7)
10. Southern Conn. State (5-9)
11. Saint Michael's (4-10)
T12. Le Moyne (3-11)
T12. Saint Anselm (3-11)
14. Assumption (2-12)
15. Pace (0-13)
- Even with the loss, the Warriors still clinch a spot in the NE-10 Conference Championships.
- With the Warriors caught in a three-way tie, Merrimack will drop to seventh in the ranking because the team previously lost to Stonehill and Franklin Pierce during the regular season.
- Merrimack will face the College of Saint Rose in the NE-10 Quarterfinals Tuesday night.
What They Said
"Today was a tough loss for us and we are going to have to put this game behind us heading into next week," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "Adelphi is a great team and we just couldn't find our rhythm in today's match. "
Merrimack volleyball returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 19 whent they travel to Albany, N.Y. to face the Golden Knights of Saint Rose in the NE-10 Conference Quarterfinals.