Nov. 20, 2008

Courtesy of Merrimack Athletics

NEW HAVEN, CT – The Merrimack women’s volleyball team, seeded fifth in the east region, got off to a slow start in their NCAA first round matchup with Georgian Court and could not catch up, losing 3-0.

Game scores were 16-25, 23-25, 21-25.

The east Region’s fourth seed, the Georgian Court Lions jumped out to leads of 11-5, 15-6, and 20-8 in the first set before winning the set 25-16.

Merrimack again got down early in the second set, trailing 14-6 about midway through. The Warriors then rallied, going on a 13-4 run to take their first lead in the match since early in the first set. But Georgian Court retaliated with a run of its own to take the second game 25-23 behind six kills from senior Ann Casado and 10 assists from junior setter Lisamary Figueroa.

Georgian Court sprinted to a 9-4 advantage in the third, but Merrimack played them tough from that point forward, making the set close before falling 25-21.

Georgian Court was led by Figuero (11 kills, 29 assists), Casado (12 kills, 11 digs) and Janelle Murdock (10 kills, 14 digs). Eight players recorded kills for the Lions.

Making its second appearance in NCAA history and the second in as many years Merrimack was led by Elyse Lorenz (17 assists, 11 digs) Molly Cindric (nine kills, six digs) and Lisa Barr (10 kills). Just four Warriors recorded kills during the match as Merrimack committed 16 attack errors and hit just .087.

Merrimack ends the season with a 20-10 record overall, setting the school record for most wins in a season. Led by Head Coach Joey Pacis and first-team selections Ale Kuncaitis and Cindric, the Warriors advanced to the conference tournament for the second time in as many years and did not lose a road match this season.