The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team finished 1-1 after playing two matches down in Wilmington, Delaware, at the Wildcat Invitational. The Warriors lost in a tightly contested five-set match versus Holy Family University to begin the day, but rebounded to defeat Dowling College in straight sets in their second match
Score: Holy Family 3 | Merrimack 2
Score: Merrimack 3 | Dowling 0
Records: Merrimack (2-2) | Holy Family (2-4) | Dowling (5-2)
Location: Wilmington University Sports Complex | Wilmington, Del.
What They Said
Head Coach TJ Hajjar: “Today two different teams came to play. In the first game a team afraid to lose showed up, but in the second game, the team decided that through communication and dedication they would work and win together.”
How It Happened
In a hard fought battle against the Tigers, Merrimack lost in a decisive fifth set. The Warriors got off to a good start winning the first set 20-10. The next two sets would belong to Holy Family, as the Tigers won by the scores of 26-24 and 25-22. The Warriors would fight back, coming away with a 25-20 victory in the fourth set to send the match to a fifth frame, but Holy Family came away victorious in a back-and-forth final stanza that ended with the Tigers ahead, 15-13.
Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) put forth an incredible effort, totaling 27 kills and 20 digs. She committed five errors on 63 total attacks, for an attack percentage of .349.
Senior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) and sophomore Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) also finished in double-digits in the kills department, with 11 and 10, respectively.
Coming into the day, Dowling was undefeated at 5-0, but Merrimack was able to handle the Lions easily. The Warriors swept the Lions 3-0 by the set scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-22.
The Navy and Gold were, once again, led by Sheehan. She compiled 21 kills to go along with 12 digs. The senior only committed six errors on 42 total attacks for a .357 attack percentage.
From her middle blocker position, Gosselin showed some offensive spark. The Lawrence native finished with nine kills on 21 total attacks.
Dowling hurt themselves in the error department, committing 19 infractions and only notching 31 kills for an attack percentage of .117.
Inside The Numbers
Setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) ended the day with 97 assists over the two matches.
Junior Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) accounted for 39 digs in the two matches from her libero position.
Sheehan now has four consecutive double-doubles to begin the season. The senior doubled her kill total that she had entering the day, increasing her total from 37 to 85.
Merrimack plays in day two of the Wildcat Invitational tomorrow, as the Warriors tackle host Wilmington at 10 a.m. and round out their trip in Delaware agains tMillersville at 2 p.m.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike is also on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN