Five PSU student-athletes recognized by Little East Conference

Five PSU student-athletes recognized by Little East Conference

Weekly honors for field hockey, volleyball, tennis and men's cross country 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Five Plymouth State University fall sports student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference (LEC) for their performances in last week's competitions.

            The Plymouth State field hockey team had two weekly award winners, with senior Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) taking home Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) earning Rookie of the Week honors.

            Junior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) was named the Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) earned Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week honors.

            From the men's cross country program, junior Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) was recognized as Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

            Davis totaled four goals and three assists for 11 points in a 2-0 week for the field hockey team. She set a career-high with three goals and added an assist in a 6-4 win over Castleton University on Tuesday (Sept. 12), then followed that up with a goal and two assists in a 7-1 win over LEC opponent Framingham State on Saturday. The captain leads the Panthers with seven goals and 18 points.

            Wakefield had four goals of her own during the last week. The rookie had a pair of goals against Castleton, then added two more, including the game-winner, against Framingham State. The 5-4 forward is second on the team with five goals and 10 points on the season.

            Linden was impressive in three wins for the Panthers, averaging 3.00 kills and 1.08 blocks per set while hitting .362 for the week. The 5-7 middle blocker had 13 kills and six blocks in a 3-2 win over Emmanuel on Tuesday (Sept. 12), then posted 13 kills and six blocks in the team's 3-1 LEC-opening win at UMass Dartmouth, and capped the week with another 13 kills while hitting .524 in a four set win over Curry. She leads all Panther regulars with 101 kills and a .237 attack percentage.

            Sundquist was a perfect 4-0 while playing at number three doubles and number five singles for the week. Her play helped lead the Panthers to a 5-4, come-from-behind win over Division II Franklin Pierce, and a 7-2 LEC win over Worcester State. Her singles win against FPU squared the match at 4-4, allowing for the comeback win. She has posted an overall singles mark of 4-2 on the year, while winning four-of-five doubles matches.

            Brunnette was the runner-up at the Bowdoin Invitational, crossing the 8K course's finish line in 26:09.5 to guide the Panthers to a third place overall finish. The junior took first the week before at the PSU Short Course Opener, leading PSU to the team title on the 6K course in a time of 19:34.

            The field hockey team is back in action on Tuesday when they play host to rival Keene State in a key LEC match-up at the New Hampton School (7:00 p.m.). The volleyball and tennis teams will also be competing at home on Tuesday. Tennis will play host to Salem State (3:30 p.m.) at the Holderness School, while volleyball welcomes Lasell College to Foley Gymnasium for a 6:00 p.m. match. The men's cross country team will compete Saturday (Sept. 23) at the Purple Valley Classic, hosted by Williams College, with a 12:10 p.m. start time.



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