NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College volleyball team suffered their first lost in three weeks as the Warriors fell, 3-0, to the University of New Haven .
Score: Merrimack 0 | New Haven 3
Records: Merrimack (8-3, 2-1 NE-10) | New Haven (10-4, 4-0 NE-10)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Merrimack entered its NE-10 Championship rematch with New Haven flying high as the Warriors had won seven consecutive matches for the first time since 2010.
The Warriors got off to a slow start, dropping the first set 25-13. The Chargers led wire-to-wire in the opening frame.
In the second set, the Navy and Gold began to get some momentum. Merrimack got out to a 8-5 lead, but New Haven began to get back into the set. Trailing 22-15, the Warriors fought back to make it a two-point deficit at 24-22, but the Chargers put them away, 25-22.
The third set was more of the same. UNH led 23-14, but a Merrimack 5-0 spurt brought the set within striking distance at 23-18. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Chargers were able to record the two points they needed, taking the set 25-18.
Inside The Numbers
The Warriors finished with a season-low .021 hitting percentage. The first set saw the Warriors notch five kills, but committed 10 errors
Sophomore Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the way with 22 assists and seven digs
Senior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.) finished with a team-high seven kills
The Warriors have a quick turnaround as Merrimack travels to Waltham, Mass. to play Bentley on Tuesday at 7 p.m.