Girls volleyball opens season with 2 wins
Merrimack 3, Pinkerton 2
Elise Jolly recorded 21 kills and eight blocks at the net, while adding 19 digs defensively and scoring 32 service points to lead the Tomahawks to a five-set opening night win over Pinkerton on Friday night.
Merrimack won the match 17-25, 27-25, 27-25, 24-26 and 15-13. Addie Lacey (five blocks, 10 kills, 14 digs), Brie Fawyer (19 assists), Jess Bonner (17 digs) and Lianna Klinger (21 digs) also came up big for the Tomahawks.
Merrimack 3, Winnacunnet 0
Merrimack improved to 2-0 on Tuesday in a straight set win by a tally of 25-11, 25-14, 25-11.
The Tomahawks were led by Addie Lacey (eight kills, two blocks, 11 digs) and Elise Jolly (11 kills, eight blocks, five digs). Other contributors included Joanne Bonner (six aces) and Brie Sawyer (13 assists).
Merrimack 3, Pinkerton 2, OT
Olivia Kapsembelis tallied a hat trick, her final goal coming in sudden death, to propel the Tomahawks (1-1) to an overtime win over the Astros (0-2) on Thursday, Sept. 1. Kapsembelis scored at the 4:34 mark in the first half, at 5:37 in the second half and ended the game 5:53 into overtime.
Hunter Webb provided a pair of assists, while freshman Dimetria Gonzalez also contributed a helper. Bella Beaton made 16 saves for Merrimack. Charlotte Perry and Jess Trahan also played well for the Tomahawks.
Timberlane 2, Merrimack 1
Merrimack fell to 1-2 on Tuesday despite goalkeeper Heather Rohr making 14 saves. Meghan King scored the lone goal for the Tomahawks. Charlotte Perry, Emily Eckhart, Jess Trahan, and Brianna Shelly all played well defensively.
Merrimack drops two
Merrimack’s Nick Edgeworth took home medalist honors with an even-par 36, but the Tomahawks lost a pair of matches Thursday, Sept. 1 at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club.
Concord went 2-0 with a 215, edging Winnacunnet’s 216. Merrimack, which also received solid play from John Dinsmore (41) and Travis Brodie (49), finished with a 227.
The Tomahawks play at Campbell Scottish Highlands on Tuesday against Salem and Dover.
Merrimack 3, Spaulding 0
The Tomahawks improved to 2-1 on the season Friday behind Patrick Steines, who scored two goals – the first assisted by Devin Kachmar and the second by Jordan Materkowski. Kachmar added his own goal later in the game. Goalkeepers Ryan Gonzalez (first half) and Josh Knauer (second half) had two saves each.
Spaulding 1, Merrimack 0
Merrimack (1-2) fell at home despite controlling the ball for the majority of the game on Friday. Despite plenty of scoring opportunities, the Tomahawks were unable to overcome a Spaulding goal scored in the eighth minute.