November 22, 2013

Women's Volleyball Set to Rematch Stonehill College in NE-10 Semifinals Friday Night

THE WARRIORS TAKE ON THE SKYHAWKS FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON AND LOOK TO ADVANCE TO NE-10 FINALS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After defeating the second seeded College of Saint Rose, 3-2, in the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, the Merrimack College women's volleyball team travels to West Haven, Conn. to take on the sixth seeded Stonehill College Skyhawks in the NE-10 semifinals Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.
Records: #7 Merrimack (16-14) | #6 Stonehill College (18-13)
Location: Charger Gymnasium | West Haven, Conn.

Last Time Out

Back in the postseason for the first time since 2010, Merrimack edged ahead after an exciting first-set win (25-13) before blowing past the Golden Knights, 25-17, in the second frame, as the Warriors opened up a 2-0 lead over the hosts in decisive fashion.

But Saint Rose did not go quietly, as the Golden Knights - who were seeking revenge from an earlier defeat to Merrimack in the regular season - picked up an easy 25-14 win in the third set before tying the match with a 25-19 victory in the fourth stanza.

All even at two sets apiece and knowing the first team to 15 points would emerge victorious, Both sides exchanged points before the Warriors opened up a two-point lead (9-7) midway through the fifth frame.

Saint Rose would pull ahead by a point (10-9) one last time before the Warriors roared ahead with four straight points to take control of the match. After one last hill from the hosts, back-to-back kills wrapped up the win for the Warriors, who clinched their first postseason victory since 2008 in the process.

Junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) posted a team-high 16 kills and eight digs, while junior Aliya Winker (Arlington, Va.) chimed in with 10 kills and a team-high five blocks. Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) assisted 42 kills and posted six digs. Sophomore Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) chipped in with 21 digs, while freshman Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) recorded 11 digs.

Championship Schedule

Tuesday, November 19
Quarterfinals –Hosted by Higher Seeds
Match 1: #8 American International 0 | #1 New Haven 3 – FINAL
Match 2: #5 Franklin Pierce 1  | #4 Adelphi  3  – FINAL
Match 3: #7 Merrimack 3 | #2 Saint Rose 2 – FINAL
Match 4: #6 Stonehill 3 | #3 Bentley  2– FINAL 

Friday, November 22
Semifinals – Hosted by New Haven
Match 5: #1 New Haven vs. #4 Adelphi – 5 p.m.
Match 6: #7 Merrimack vs. #6 Stonehill –  7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 23
Championship Finals –Hosted by New Haven
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner – 5:00 p.m.

This Season against the Skyhawks:

  • Merrimack took the opening frame before Stonehill came back to take the match, 3-1.
  • Merrimack finished the night with a .108 hitting percentage, while Stonehill averaged a .257 hitting percentage.
  • Both teams tallied 14 total blocks on the night.
  • Skyhawk Delia Philips recorded a double-double against the Navy and Gold with 16 kills and 14 digs.

For full game recap

The Warriors:

  • Merrimack owns a 6-5 record over the Skyhawks dating back to 2004-05 season.
  • Sheehan currently ranks 16th in Division II averaging 4.55 points per game, as well as ranking 16th averaging 4.0 kills per set.
  • This week, Stuhr has been named NE-10 Rookie of the Year, while Sheehan hauled in First-Team All-Conferece.
  • As a team, the Warriors average a .177 hitting percentage, as well as 12.20 kills per set, 11.57 assists per frame, and 15.80 digs per set.

The Skyhawks:

  • Stonehill advanced to the semifinal round of the conference tournament for the seventh time in program history.
  • Coming off a 3-2 victory over Bentley Unviersity on Tuesday night.
  • As a team, the Skyhawks average 12.39 kills per frame, as well at 11.67 assists per set.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Delia Phillips leads the team with 345 kills, while averaging 3.11 kills per set.

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