Pacis Nets 100th Win, Pickert Sets School Record for Digs as Volleyball Splits
RINDGE, NH - Head Coach Joey Pacis became the all-time program leader in wins with 100 as the Merrimack volleyball team defeated Franklin Pierce 3-1 in a conference match before falling to C.W. Post 3-1 in a non-conference battle Saturday.
And with her fourth dig of the night, junior Alyssa Pickert (Tinley Park, IL) became the program's all-time leader in digs, passing Courtney Desrosiers who had 1,530 career digs.
After 41 digs Saturday, Pickert, the Northeast-10 Libero of the Week for the last three weeks, sits at 1,568 career.
"It's an honor to reach the 100-win plateau," said Pacis. "My tenure at Merrimack has been a great experience, and I owe it all to the volleyball student-athletes and to Merrimack for making this an enjoyable work atmosphere."
Game scores against Franklin Pierce were 25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 25-8.
"We played pretty well against Franklin Pierce. It's tough to beat a team three times especially when the third time is the one that counts for the conference match. Our serve and receive play gave us a lot of options on offense."
Molly Cindric (Westlake Village, CA) posted her eighth double-double of the season, tallying 13 digs and 11 kills, while Megan Murray (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) had a match-high 15 kills and five blocks. Elyse Lorenz (Frankfurt, IL) also had a double-double on 39 assists and 11 digs. Jenna Reilly (Northport, NY) recorded a career-high 10 kills and added four blocks.
Game scores against C.W. Post were 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 25-16.
"Our serve and receive wasn't as good in the second match, and it limited our options offensively," said Pacis. "They were very athletic and ran a lot of fast-tempo sets which caught us off guard. Hopefully, we will get a chance to play them again later on this year."
Cindric was one kill shy of a double-double, picking up nine kills and 12 digs, while Lorenz was one dig shy, with 31 assists and nine digs. Shaunda Forcier (Gonic, NH) had a team-high 10 kills. The Warriors hit just .156 as a team and just -.024 in the first set.
The Warriors (16-5, 5-2 NE-10) continue conference action Tuesday at Saint Anselm at 7 p.m.