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Merrimack Defeats SNHU in Five Sets

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team stopped its two-match losing skid with a 3-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3
 | Southern NH 2
Records: Merrimack (9-4, 3-2 NE-10)
 | Southern NH (11-6, 3-2 NE-10)
 SNHU Fieldhouse| Manchester, N.H.

How It Happened
The Warriors escaped from Manchester with a 3-2, five-set win over the Penmen.

Merrimack got off to a strong start, taking the first two sets 26-24 and 25-22. Afterwards, SNHU surged back by taking the third and fourth sets, 25-18 and 25-18, respectively.

In a back-and-forth fifth set, the Warriors prevailed 16-14 to win the match and capture their third conference win of the season.

Senior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) continues to prove why she is one of the top players in the Northeast-10. The senior totaled nearly half of Merrimack’s kills (19), and notched a double-double with her 18 digs.

It was a balanced defensive effort for the Navy and Gold. Four players finished with at least 10 digs, led by Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) with 21.

Neither team led by more than one point in the final frame until the Warriors were able to capture the victory with the 16th point of the set.

Inside The Numbers

  • Sophomore Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) tallied a team-high 37 assists. She nearly has a triple-double as she finished with 14 digs and seven kills
  • Merrimack won despite totaling a .084 team hitting percentage. The Warriors had at least six errors in each of the five sets.
  • SNHU displayed a balanced attack, as the Penmen boasted four players with at least 10 kills
  • Merrimack avenges a lost earlier this season to SNHU. In the Warriors home-opener, the Penmen defeated the Navy and Gold 3-2

Up Next
Merrimack returns to Bert Hammel Court on Tuesday night as they take on Franklin Pierce at 7 p.m.

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