WORCESTER, Mass. – Behind a season-high 16 kills from senior outside hitter Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.), the Merrimack College women’s volleyball team made it two straight wins on Thursday evening, 3-1, over the Assumption Greyhounds in non-conference action from Laska Gymnasium.
Score: Merrimack 3, Assumption 1 ( 22-25 | 25-22 | 25-22 | 25-23)
Records: Merrimack (4-16) | Assumption (2-12)
Location: Laska Gymnasium | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
- 1st set – The Greyhounds jumped out to a 6-4 lead through the first 10 points of the first frame. With the advantage at 15-11, the Warriors won four of the next five points to cut the deficit to one. Three different players recorded kills during the stretch, including junior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio), sophomore Sofia Basauri(Beaverton, Ore.) and freshman Catherine Flaherty (North Andover, Mass.). Senior Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) tied the frame at 18-all, but Assumption surged forward from there, winning by a 25-22 final
- 2nd set – Back-to-back service aces from senior Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) staked the Warriors to a 6-3 lead. Assumption went on a 13-5 run to take a five-point lead, 16-11, but the Warriors responded with a run of their own. Merrimack ended the set by winning 14 of the final 20 points, including a 6-1 spurt to end the set. Cain, Flaherty and freshman Julia Stewart (Melville, N.Y.) all recorded points during that stretch
- 3rd set – Despite the Greyhounds racing out to a 6-1 advantage, Merrimack would not go down quietly. With the deficit down to three points, 14-11, the Warriors collected six unanswered points, helped out by five errors committed by the Greyhounds. The Navy and Gold did not relinquish the lead of the remainder of the set, winning by another 25-22 final
- 4th set – In another set where the Greyhounds led early, the Warriors relied on their resilience to win the match. Trailing by two, Merrimack won four straight points that included a kill from McCall and a block from Flaherty and sophomore Katelynn Marr (Franklin, Mass.) to take an 11-9 lead. Assumption, however, called a timeout and proceeded to win the next five points to take the advantage back, 14-11. From there, Merrimack moved within one point of the match by winning 13 of 18 points to make it a 24-19 frame. The Greyhounds did not go quietly, winning four straight to move within one point of tying the set, by McCall’s 16th kill of the night won the match for the Navy and Gold, 25-23
Inside The Numbers
- Thursday marked the third time this season that McCall reached double digits in kills, tying her career high with 16 on the night. The senior attacking player only finished with four errors, for a hitting percentage of .353, the third time this season her attack rate has been above. 300
- Stuhr’s performance at the setting position enabled the come-from-behind effort, as she finished with 48 assists. In Merrimack’s two wins this week, the second-year captain has 99 helpers, averaging 11 per frame
- Junior libero Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) finished the night with a match-high 29 digs, falling one shy of her season and career high. The third-year player and first-year libero now has finished with at least 10 digs in six consecutive matches
- Cain finished with a double-double, totaling 10 kills while adding 22 digs of her own. After setting a career high on Tuesday, sophomore Amanda Cain (Melrose, Mass.)bested that total against the Greyhounds with 15 digs
- Merrimack out-dug Assumption by 17 (99-82), and won despite the Greyhounds’ 19 blocks (18 block assists) compared to just nine for the Warriors (eight block assists)
The Navy and Gold return to Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday night when Merrimack travels to Manchester to take on Southern New Hampshire.