MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team picked up a thrilling, 3-2, victory on Tuesday night as they downed the Southern New Hampshire Penmen in five sets.
Score: Merrimack 3| Southern New Hampshire 2
Records: Merrimack (4-7) | Southern New Hampshire (5-4)
Location: SNHU Fieldhouse | Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
Junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) and freshman Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) led their team to a 3-2 victory. Sheehan collected her third double-double of the season with 18 kills and 21 digs, while Cain recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs.
Freshman Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) registered a game high 49 kills to go along with six digs. Junior Taciane Santos (Everett, Mass.) and junior Corrine Gosselin(Lawrence, Mass.) added four blocks a piece.
The Warriors found themselves down 6-4 early in the first set before a kill by Gosselin shifted the Warriors momentum into a 10-0 run and Merrimack took the first set, 25-15. The Navy and Gold dropped the second set to the Penmen, 25-18, but would not be denied a victory.
Merrimack took an early 4-0 run to open the third set and managed to take set the frame, 25-22. The Penmen quickly took the fourth frame, 25-13. The Navy and Gold’s offense never led up and took the final set, 15-11.
A Closer Look
- Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) collected 46 digs for the Warriors.
- Merrimack collected 18 blocks.
- Merrimack finished with a .192 kill percentage.
- The Warriors held a 61-53 advantage in kills.
- SNHU collected four services aces on the night.
What They Said
“We had a great overall team effort today,” said head coach TJ Hajjar. “(Jennifer) Cain came with some huge kills and (Tara) Stuhr played unbelievable for us, keeping the offense in check. I couldn’t be happier with how the girl’s finished the match”
The Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 1st, when they host the Greyhounds from Assumption College. The match begins at approximately 7 p.m. at Hammel Court.