NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team returned home for the first time in over two weeks, but the Warriors lost in 3-0 fashion to visiting Southern Connecticut on Tuesday evening at Hammel Court. The defeat sent the Warriors to 1-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play, while the Owls improved to 2-1.
Score: Southern Conn. 3, Merrimack 0 (25-23 | 25-23 | 25-20)
Records: Merrimack (2-15, 1-2 NE-10) | Southern Conn. (11-7, 2-1 NE-10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- 1st set – The Warriors jumped out to one of their strongest starts of the year, turning an 11-10 deficit into a 15-11 lead thanks to a 5-0 run. Sophomore Sofia Basauri(Beaverton, Ore.) capped off the spurt with an ace. With the lead at four, 21-17, the Owls won four unanswered points to tie the frame. The visitors then took the lead, only to see senior Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.) staved off one set point. From there, the Owls won the next point to take the opener, 25-23
- 2nd set – The Owls appeared headed to a convincing win, but a Warriors rally proved otherwise. With the score at 16-11 SCSU, Merrimack won seven of the next 10 points to move within one, 19-18. The Owls had two cracks at a set point, but McCall slammed consecutive kills to the court. With the score at 24-23, the Owls’ leading hitter Leanna Jadus stroked a set-winning kill to make it a 2-0 match
- 3rd set – Another back-and-forth game developed in the third. The Navy and Gold won seven of the first 12 points, with senior hitter Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.)collecting two kills in that stretch. From there, the Owls won five straight points and six of the next seven to take a 12-8 lead. At that point, however, the Warriors embarked on their best stretch of the match, converting on seven straight points. Junior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio) and freshman Julia Stewart (Melville, N.Y.) combined for four points, with the latter notching a service ace. The Owls used a timeout there, and out of it won 13 of the final 18 points to come away with the 3-0 victory
Inside The Numbers
- Finishing in double figures in digs for the third straight match, junior libero Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) led the team and all players with 19 on the night
- Cain totaled another double-double – her fifth of the season – with 12 kills and 11 digs
- Senior setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) dished out a match-high 33 assists
- McCall and McCarroll combined for 17 kills on 40 attacks with only six errors between the duo. The latter led the squad with a .375 hitting percentage on the night
The Warriors return home Saturday evening when Merrimack hosts the University of New Haven at 6 p.m. from Hammel Court.