WALTHAM, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team suffered its first Northeast-10 Conference defeat of the season on Tuesday night, 3-0, at Bentley University from the Dana Center.
Score: Bentley 3, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (2-14, 1-1 NE-10) | Bentley (4-11, 2-0 NE-10)
Location: Dana Center| Waltham, Mass.
How It Happened
- 1st set – The hosts jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the opener before doubling up the Warriors, 16-8, through 24 points. Senior Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.) finished off a kill on the Falcons’ first set point, but Bentley responded on the next serve to win the first frame, 25-15
- 2nd set – A back-and-forth start to the middle game saw the Warriors up one, 10-9, following another point from McCall. From there, the Falcons won seven of the next nine points to jump ahead by four, 16-12. Freshman Catherine Flaherty (North Andover, Mass.) smacked a kill that brought the Warriors within two, but Bentley ended the set on a 3-0 run to take a 2-0 lead into the third
- 3rd set – Sophomore Sofia Basauri (Beaverton, Ore.) got the Warriors off to a strong start, putting the Navy and Gold ahead by two at 8-6. As they did in the second set, Bentley regrouped to win seven of the next points to take the lead back. A 3-0 spurt that included kills from Flaherty and senior Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) brought the Warriors within a point, 20-19, but a 5-1 Falcons run gave Bentley the set and the match, 25-20
Inside The Numbers
- Junior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio) finished the match with 10 kills on 17 attacks without an error to post a career-best .588 hitting percentage
- Senior setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led all players with 38 assists, adding six digs and a pair of kills
- Basauri finished the night with a well-rounded performance, totaling eight kills on 17 attacks (.353), eight digs and two blocks, including a block solo
- Two Warriors finished in double figures in digs, led by a team-high 14 from Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.)
Merrimack has a week off before it returns to action next Tuesday evening from Hammel Court, battling Southern Connecticut at 7 p.m.