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Adelphi Tops Merrimack Volleyball

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – For the second straight match, the Merrimack College women’s volleyball team won the second set after dropping the opener, but the visiting Adelphi University Panthers rebounded to win the next two frames and came away with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play.

The Basics
Score:
 Adelphi 3, Merrimack 1 ( 25-17 | 20-25 | 25-22 | 25-14 )
Records: Merrimack (4-21, 2-8 NE-10)
 | Adelphi  (15-10 , 6-4 NE-10)
Location:
 Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

  • 1st set – Consecutive kills from seniors Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.) and Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) made it a 16-14 frame, but the Panthers won seven unanswered points to take control, 21-16. The final five points finished at 4-1 in favor of the visitors, with Adelphi winning the first set (25-17)
  • 2nd set – The Warriors jumped out to an 8-1 advantage, featuring back-to-back service aces from Cain. The visitors called a timeout and went on a 6-1 spurt of their own to pull within two, 9-7. Another kill from McCall brought the Merrimack lead to three, 15-12, but a 5-1 run for the Panthers gave the visitors their first lead of the game. With the set tied at 19-all, the Navy and Gold ripped off six of seven point to even the match. Cain contributed three kills, while McCall’s was the set-clincher
  • 3rd set – The Panthers surged to an 8-5 advantage, prompting the first Merrimack timeout. The visitors maintained their through the next Warriors’ timeout, which came at the 17-11 mark. Facing a 20-12 deficit, junior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio) struck consecutive kills right into the middle of the Adelphi defense make it a four-point set and force an Adelphi timeout. Later on, the Warriors successfully defended four set points to make it a 24-22 set, but the Panthers won the frame on their fifth chance
  • 4th set – The Panthers played their best volleyball of the afternoon in the fourth, racing out to a 15-7 lead. After the deficit grew to 12, kills from McCall and sophomore Sofia Basauri (Beaverton, Ore.) brought the set to a 21-13 score, but the Panthers stopped the Merrimack rally there, winning four of the next five points to win the set

Inside The Numbers

  • For the second time in three matches, Cain totaled a double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs. Saturday marked her best hitting performance of the season, posting only one error on 32 attacks. Over her last 12 sets, the senior captain has 42 kills and 45 digs
  • McCarroll also hit well for the Navy and Gold, compiling a .400 hitting percentage on 10 kills with only a pair of errors. Her mate in the middle, freshman Catherine Flaherty(North Andover, Mass.), joined forces to post a nine-kill, zero-error effort to go along with three block solos
  • Junior Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) totaled 18 digs, two short of the team high. Cain and Nye combined for 38 of 73 digs, accounting for 52 percent of Merrimack’s digs on the day
  • MILESTONE WATCH: Senior setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished the match with 39 assists, bringing her career total to 3,933. She needs 67 more over her last four matches to become the second player in program history to reach 4,000

Up Next
The Warriors face league-leading Saint Anselm on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., wrapping up a three-match homestand at Hammel Court.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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