COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team defeated St. Michael’s College, 3-0, in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Tuesday night.
Score: Merrimack 3 | St. Michael’s 0
Records: Merrimack (15-7, 7-5 NE-10) | St. Michael’s (6-14, 1-12 NE-10)
Location: Vincent C. Ross Sports Center | Colchester, Vt.
How It Happened
The Warriors took on the Purple Knights in the final contest away from North Andover in the regular season.
Merrimack won by set scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-16 to earn the straight-set victory.
The Purple Knights entered the match coming off their first conference win of the season, and were thinking upset as they battled Merrimack.
The first set was tightly contested, with the Warriors scoring the final three points after trailing 23-22. The second set also went back-and-forth, before the Navy and Gold won seven of the final 10 points to secure the victory. The Warriors finished off the final frame on a 6-0 run to put away St. Michael’s.
Senior Aliya Rakhmetova (Arlington, Va.) led a cast of fourth-year players that found offensive success for the Warriors. Rakhmetova totaled a career-high 12 kills and zero errors for a .529 hitting percentage. Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) finished with a match-high 13 kills.
Fellow senior Corrine Gosselin (Lawrencel, Mass.) was the third Warrior to finish with double-digit kills. She posted a 10-kill effort, while adding two block assists.
Inside The Numbers
Junior libero Madison Burke (San Jose, Calif.) continued her strong play with a 23-dig night, which led all players
Sophomore setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted 45 assists, the 11th time this season that she has totaled at least 40 assists in a match
Night of the sophomores: In addition to Sturhr, second-year players Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.) and Jocelyn McLain (Fort Collins, Colo.) provided the Warriors with some strong depth. McCall compiled a career-high nine kills to go along with a match-high three service assists. McLain notched seven kills, while finishing second on the team with 26 total attacks
Merrimack was particularly effective, and efficient, during the third set. The Warriors tallied 21 kills with only three errors on 31 total attacks for an attack percentage of .581
NE-10 Playoff Outlook
Top-eight teams qualify
1. New Haven (11-2)
2. Stonehill (10-2)
3. Bentley (10-2)
4. Adelphi (10-3)
5. Saint Rose (8-4)
6. Southern New Hampshire (8-5)
7. Merrimack (7-5)
8. Le Moyne (7-5)
9. Franklin Pierce (7-6)
10. Saint Anselm (5-7)
11. Assumption (4-9)
12. Southern Connecticut (3-10)
13. American International (2-11)
14. Pace (1-11)
15. Saint Michael’s (1-12)
The Navy and Gold return home on Friday night for the first of back-to-back matches at Hammel Court to conclude the regular season, taking on the Pace Setters at 7 p.m.