Women’s Volleyball Downs Merrimack, 3-0

Charger Athletics

WEST HAVEN – The University of New Haven’s women’s volleyball team defeated the Merrimack College Warriors 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-13) Saturday afternoon at Charger Gymnasium. The Chargers improve to 18-4 overall and remain undefeated in the Northeat-10 Conference at 9-0. Merrimack falls to 17-9 overall and 6-5 in the NE-10.

Merrimack took the opening point, but that was the only time the Chargers would allow the Warriors to lead the entire afternoon. In the opening set, UNH held an early 10-5 lead on a kill by Tia Inong. The Chargers went on a 8-3 run to close the set.

The Chargers opened the second set 3-0 with a kill from Elizabeth Akinbiyi and ace from Inong. UNH then held a 19-12 advantage on a kill by Sara Malmlov. The Warriors fought back to 22-18 on a kill by Megan Murray. The Chargers finished the close set on a kill by Keidy Candelaria and a Warrior serve error, to give UNH a 2-0 match lead.

In the final set, the Chargers took the lead quickly with an 11-3 advantage. The Warriors slowly climbed their way to 18-11. However, the Chargers took control of the set and closed the match with a 25-13 advantage.

Malmlov led the Chargers with 15 kills and five errors on 36 attempts. She also grabbed 15 digs, an ace and a 2 block assists. Heather Ladao added 17 kills and two aces while Chelsey Alpough handed out 36 assists, while Candelaria and Inong contributed nine and eight digs, respectively.

The Chargers return to action on Wednesday, October 21 when they travel to take on American International College. Match time set for 7 p.m.

For more info, visit http://www.newhaven.edu/athletics/teams/wvolleyball/