ALBANY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s volleyball team rallied from a 16-11 deficit in the fourth set to win the set and the match, 25-22, on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference affair at the College of Saint Rose. Senior setter Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) recorded her 4,000th career assist in the opening frame, becoming just the second player in program history to do so.
Score: Merrimack 3, Saint Rose 1 ( 25-12 | 14-25 | 25-23 | 25-22 )
Records: Merrimack (5-23, 3-10 NE-10) | Saint Rose (10-14 , 5-7 NE-10)
Location: Nolan Court | Albany, N.Y.
How It Happened
- 1st set – The Warriors raced out to a 7-3 lead, with a kill from Mary Kate McCarroll (Harrison, Ohio) forcing the Golden Knights to use their first timeout. With the score at 16-12, Stuhr recorded her eighth assist of the frame to reach the 4,000-assist plateau. The Warriors ended the opener on a 10-1 run to win it, 25-13, clinching the game on a Saint Rose attacking error
- 2nd set – Saint Rose turned the tables, getting off to that 8-3 start that prompted a Merrimack timeout. The Warriors battled back to pull within three, 11-8, following consecutive kills from sophomore Katelynn Marr (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Julia Stewart (Melville, N.Y.). From there, the hosts won 14 of the set’s final 20 points to capture a 25-14 win and tie the match at 1-1
- 3rd set – With Saint Rose ahead by two, consecutive kills from McCarroll and freshman Catherine Flaherty (Harrison, Ohio) tied the set at nine-all. Later on and the hosts up by one, the Navy and Gold recorded four straight points to take a 21-18 lead. Stuhr connected with Flaherty for a kill during the run, her 10th of the match. Kills from Jennifer Cain (Melrose, Mass.) and McCarroll marked Merrimack’s final two points of the set, as the Navy and Gold took a 2-1 lead
- 4th set – Coming out of a timeout and trailing 8-3, Merrimack went on a 5-0 run that included a pair of points from Flaherty and a kill from senior Juliette McCall (Torrance, Calif.). Saint Rose built its lead back to five, 16-11, before the Warriors went on a 9-3 run to take a 20-19 advantage, capped off by a service ace from Amanda Cain(Melrose, Mass.), The Golden Knights briefly took the lead back, but the Warriors won the final four points of the set to take the match, 25-22, on a kill from Marr
Inside The Numbers
- Stuhr finished the match with a match-high 42 assists, 25 more than the next closer player. Her season total rests at 970 entering the final match of the year, as she aims to reach 1,000 for the second time in her four-year career
- Flaherty led the Navy and Gold with 13 kills and added two block assists to bring her point total to 14. McCarroll also finished in double figures with 10 kills
- Junior Christina Nye (Plaistow, N.H.) registered a 23-dig effort, leading all players. Three other Warriors finished in double figures: Amanda Cain (11), Jennifer Cain (13) and Stuhr (11)
- Stuhr’s double-double marked her 11th of the season
Merrimack returns home for its season finale on Saturday, when the Warriors host Assumption at 1 p.m. from Hammel Court. The match will be Senior Day, with Samantha Albano (Longboat Key, Fla.), Jennifer Cain, Madison Creighton (Carlisle, Mass.), McCall and Stuhr set to be honored during the prematch ceremony.