NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team returned home on Tuesday night after three matches away from campus last week, playing the Franklin Pierce University Ravens. The visiting Ravens came away with a Northeast-10 Conference victory, 3-0, besting the Warriors in three sets.
Score: Franklin Pierce 3, Merrimack 0 (25-17 | 25-22 | 25-21)
Records: Merrimack (4-18, 2-5 NE-10) | Franklin Pierce (6-11, 2-3 NE-10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- 1st set – The turning point in the set came at 13-11, following a kill by senior hitter Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.). The Ravens responded to that strike with a 6-0 run to make it a 19-11 set. Sophomore Katelynn Marr (Franklin, Mass.) subbed in at that point and prompted a 3-0 spurt that included a kill from the second-year player. With the score at 20-16, the visitors won five of the final six points to take the opener
- 2nd set – The first 25 points of the second frame including nine ties, with neither team holding a lead greater than two. Sophomore Sofia Basauri (Beaverton, Ore.) struck a kill to make it a 13-12 match, but the Ravens went on a 5-1 run to regain control. With the deficit at five, 22-17, Merrimack scored four straight headlined by a pair of kills for Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio). The Ravens, however, used a timeout and proceeded to win three of the final four points to prevail, 25-22
- 3rd set – Despite Merrimack jumping out to a 3-1 lead, the Ravens responded by winning nine of 11 points to take a 10-5 advantage. The squads traded points from there with the deficit still at five, 20-15, late in the set. At 22-16, the Navy and Gold won five of six points, featuring a service ace from McCarroll and two kills from McCall, to pull with two (23-21). Franklin Pierce recovered, winning consecutive points to take the match in three sets
Inside The Numbers
- McCarroll led the Navy and Gold with 10 kills combined with only two errors, for a team-best .421 hitting percentage
- Defensively, Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) continued her run of double-figure dig totals with 12 to lead the Warriors. She has totaled at least 10 in eight straight matches
- From the setter position, senior Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) totaled a team-high 28 assists, one off the pace of counterpart Hannah Runge of the Ravens, who finished with 29
- The visitors bested Merrimack at the net, compiling 15 total blocks including five block solos compared to four blocks for the Warriors
The Warriors travel to American International on Friday night to face the Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. from Springfield, Mass.