CLARION, Pa. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team concluded play at the Tony Banner Memorial Tournament on Saturday morning at Clarion University, falling by a 3-1 final to Gannon University.
Score: Gannon 3, Merrimack 1 (25-19 | 23-25 | 25-13 | 25-13)
Records: Merrimack (0-3) | Gannon (3-0)
Location: Tippin Gymnasium | Clarion, Pa.
How It Happened
- 1st set – Gannon, winners during both of its matches on Friday, raced out to a 13-6 advantage. With the score a 18-12 Golden Knights, freshman Catherine Flaherty(North Andover, Mass.) struck a kill that started a 3-0 Merrimack run. The deficit remained at three before Gannon pulled away, 25-19, to take the opening frame
- 2nd set – Recording 15 kills and hitting at a .297 percentage, the Warriors worked their way back into the match. Junior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio) recorded six of her match-high 16 kills during the frame, including the set-clincher. Trailing 13-9, the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good, capped off by a service ace from sophomore Sofia Basauri (Beaverton, Ore.)
- 3rd set – The Golden Knights hit at an impressive rate – 16 kills on 30 total attacks without an error – to pull ahead in the match, 2-1, following a 25-13 set win
- 4th set – Gannon continued its strong play, starting the fourth set on a 6-0 run and led, 10-1, following the first 11 points. McCarroll ended the set strong, totaling three more kills as part of a 4-0 run for Merrimack. With the score at 24-13, Gannon won the set and the match on a service ace
Inside The Numbers
- McCarroll shined in the third match of the season, collecting a career-high 16 kills. Her previous career high of 13 was attained on two occasions, most recently against Le Moyne last November
- Senior setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) dished out 40 assists – her most among the three matches this weekend – while adding four kills on five attacks
- Ending the weekend with a .486 attack percentage, Flaherty posted an impressive .615 hitting percentage. She finished the match with eight kills on 13 attacks without an error
- Junior libero Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) finished the match with a team-high 13 digs and totaled 32 digs on the weekend, nearly 3.00 digs per set
- The Warriors hit at a .260 clip for the match, their best rate of the weekend, but the Golden Knights registered a .425 attack percentage. Gannon only committed nine errors over the four sets
The Navy and Gold play in their home opener on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. when they host Southern New Hampshire in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. from Hammel Court.