Volleyball: Merrimack Tops Assumption on Senior Day

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball program celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, honoring graduating student-athletes Samantha Albano(Sarasota, Fla.)Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.)Madison Creighton (Carlisle, Mass.)Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.) and Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.). In the match that followed, McCall led the offense with 14 kills as the Warriors knocked off Assumption from Hammel Court, 3-1

The Basics
 Merrimack 3, Assumption 1 ( 15-25 | 25-14 | 25-19 | 25-21 )
Records: Merrimack (6-23, 4-10 NE-10)
 | Assumption (5-19 , 2-12 NE-10)
 Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

  • 1st set – Assumption jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage after hitting its best in the opening set. The Greyhounds led by four, 12-8, before four unanswered points for the Navy and Gold tied the set. The visitors answered with an 8-0 run and won 13 of the last 16 points to take a 1-0 lead in the match
  • 2nd set – Merrimack led 14-8 through 22 points on a run that featured a pair of kills each for Cain, McCall and junior Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio). With their lead at 15-11, the Warriors ended the set on a 10-3 run that featured a kill and service ace from Cain, while the frame ended on three straight Navy and Gold kills including the set-clincher from freshman Catherine Flaherty (North Andover, Mass.)
  • 3rd set – Merrimack led coast-to-coast to go up in the match despite Assumption tying things up on three separate occasions late in the set. The Warriors built a 10-6 advantage early on capped by another point from Flaherty. Merrimack’s best sequence of the third frame came late, after Assumption squared the game at 18-all. The Warriors won seven of the next eight points to win the set, with Cain leading the way with a pair of aces
  • 4th set – Stuhr assisted on three of Merrimack’s first six points of the final frame, as the Warriors started the set on a 6-0 spurt. With the lead at 14-10, the visitors rallied to win five unanswered points to take a one-point lead. The Warriors used a timeout and won five of six points out of it to take the lead back, 19-16. The Navy and Gold ended the afternoon on a 4-0 run, and after substituting in on the previous point, Katelynn Marr (Franklin, Mass.) recorded the match-clinching kill, 25-21

Inside The Numbers

  • Stuhr’s 45-assist performance marked her 10th this season of at least 40. She finished her senior campaign with 1,015 total helpers, her second career season of reaching the 1,000-assist plateau. Additionally, she totaled nine digs to fall one shy of a double-double
  • Cain finished one kill shy of doubling up, notching a 9-kill, 18-dig effort. She totaled 261 kills, tying her career high set as a junior, and increased her personal-best dig total to 315 in 26 matches
  • McCall’s 14-kill output was the fourth-year player’s fifth double-figure kill total of the season, which brought her season total to 222, setting a new career high
  • All five seniors played in the contest, with Creighton contributing a pair of assists and Albano registering three digs as each player started for the first time this season
  • Junior libero Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) led all players with 26 digs, while sophomore Amanda Cain (Melrose, Mass.) ended her second season with a 13-dig effort

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