When and Where: November 7, 2017 – No. Andover, Mass. (Hammel Court)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Merrimack College 0
Records: SNHU 9-12 (5-7 NE10), Merrimack 4-23 (1-12 NE10)
Senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) and junior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) each recorded double-doubles to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-20) victory against Merrimack College on Tuesday night at Hammel Court.
Coronis posted 13 kills on .323 hitting, to go along with 11 digs and four blocks, while Dillon added 10 kills on .474 hitting and dished 15 assists, while tallying five digs and three blocks.
Trailing, 11-10, in the opening set, Southern New Hampshire ripped off a 12-3 run – with a pair of kills from Coronis, as well as a kill and service ace from junior Priscila Castro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) – to open up a 22-14 advantage. After two straight Merrimack points, the Penmen closed the set with three straight points to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
SNHU again found themselves behind, 16-14, in the second set when a 9-2 blitz, which featured kills from four different Penmen, including Dillon, who notched a pair, flopped the visitors on top, 23-18. Merrimack reeled off four straight to make it a one-point game, but another Dillon kill and a Warrior attack error made it 2-0.
The Penmen clung to a 20-18 lead in set No. 3 when two kills from Dillon and one from Coronis highlighted a 5-2 spurt that ended the set and gave Southern New Hampshire the victory.
Castro recorded five kills and nine digs, while sophomore Amanda Costales (Wantagh, N.Y.) tallied four kills, five digs and four blocks. Sophomore Jaclyn Maguire (Rochester, N.H.) and senior Carolyn Scacchi (Peabody, Mass.) each also added four kills, with Scacchi adding three blocks. Sophomore Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) handed out 17 assists, with senior Kathleen Schurman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) collecting nine digs.
-Southern New Hampshire outhit Merrimack in all three sets, as well as .248-.075, overall.
-The Penmen have now won six of their last 10.
-The win was another big one for SNHU in the Northeast-10 standings, as it moved to within a game-and-a-half of the final playoff spot with just two matches to play. The Penmen also hold the tiebreaker over one of the teams in front of them and will cap the season Saturday against another.
The Penmen return to action Friday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) when they play host to the College of Saint Rose at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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