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Merrimack Volleyball Concludes Hectic Stretch with Win Over Nyack

NYACK, N.Y.  – Wrapping up its busiest stretch of the 2017 season, the Merrimack College women’s volleyball program competed in a tri-match on Saturday afternoon hosted at Nyack College, defeating Nyack by a 3-1 score in the Warriors’ final match of the day. It marked the Navy and Gold’s third match in a 24-hour span that saw the Navy and Gold host Stonehill on Friday before travelling to Nyack overnight to play the doubleheader on Saturday.

The Basics
Score (Holy Family): Holy Family 3, Merrimack 0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-18)
Score (Nyack):
 Merrimack 3, Nyack 1 (17-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19)
Records: Merrimack (3-10) 
| Holy Family (8-6) | Nyack (3-12)
Location: Bowman Gymnasium | Nyack, N.Y.

Rapid Recap (Holy Family)

  • Holy Family got off the a strong start, dispatching the Warriors in the opening frame by a 25-11 final. Merrimack played the final two sets much closer, but the Tigers were able to edge out the Warriors by three in the second game before winning the final set by a seven-point margin
  • The Navy and Gold received a strong performance from freshman Karina Anderson (Newbury Park, Calif.), who recorded six kills on 10 attacks with only one error for a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomores Rosie Sperduto (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Sydney Buran (Cohoes, N.Y.) combined for 17 assists, while senior Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) and junior Sofia Basauri (Beaverton, Ore.) tied for the team lead with 10 digs apiece
  • The Tigers received all 31 of their kills from four players, led by nine from Carly Covington

Rapid Recap (Nyack)

  • After dropping the opening set, Merrimack recovered to even the match at one set apiece with a 25-21 victory in the second game. A back-and-forth third frame went in favor of the Navy and Gold, 26-24, before the Warriors clinched the match in the fourth set with a 25-19 victory
  • Junior Amanda Cain (Melrose, Mass.) headlined the effort with a career-high 26 digs. Three Warriors finished in double figures, including 17 for Nye and 10 for Sperduto
  • Sperduto posted her second double-double of the season, leading all players with 39 assists
  • Offensively, junior Katelynn Marr (Franklin, Mass.) paced all players with 13 kills, while senior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio) also reached double figures with 10 on 26 attacks

Team Leaders (MC // HFU)

Team Leaders (MC // NYACK)

  • Kills: Marr (13) // Kyra Zuhlke (12)
  • Aces: Marr & Nye (3) // Bailey Medeiros & Abby Wright (3)
  • Blocks: Mary Kate McCarroll (2) // Zuhlke (6)
  • AssistsRosie Sperduto (39) // Olivia Denny (16)
  • Digs: Amanda Cain (26 ) // British Dawson (11)

Notes and Notables

  • Saturday marked the fifth time this season that Sperduto has posted at least 30 assists. Merrimack is now 2-0 when the second-year setter records a double-double
  • Cain bested her previous season best in digs by 15, and established a new career by 11 after setting her previous personal best last season at Assumption (15)
  • Across the two matches, Anderson posted 13 kills on 25 attacks with three errors for a .400 attack percentage

Up Next
Merrimack continues its non-conference slate on Tuesday night when the Warriors face Southern New Hampshire at 7 p.m. in Manchester.

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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