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PSU Women’s Tennis/Volleyball players earn weekly honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday with Player of the Week honors in the sports of women's tennis and women's volleyball.

            Senior Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane) was named LEC Women's Tennis Player of the Week, and junior Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H./Inter-Lakes) was selected LEC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Deyermond is the first Panther tennis player to receive LEC honors this season, while Spears becomes the second PSU volleyball player in as many weeks to be recognized.

            PSU's #1 singles player, Deyermond (right) won both of her matches last week, defeating LEC opponents from Southern Maine and Rhode Island College. She did not allow her Southern Maine opponent to win a game, taking the match 6-0, 6-0, and she rallied for the victory against RIC, dropping the first set 6-1 but winning the next two sets, 6-4, 6-1.  She was also 1-1 at No. 2 doubles with freshman teammate Buffy Garland (Freedom, N.H.), winning 8-0 against Southern Maine but falling 8-2 against RIC.

            A defensive specialist, Spears (left) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Tom Hay Invitational at Springfield College last weekend, helping PSU to a 3-1 record in the tournament and a 3-2 mark for the week.  She averaged 5.62 digs per game for the week, reaching double figures in digs in all five matches, including 20 in a loss on Saturday to Springfield, and 24 in a win over Western Connecticut. Spears leads the LEC in digs (5.27 per game) and is tied for fifth in service aces (0.55 per game).

            The Panther women's tennis team, 3-7 overall and 3-3 in conference matches, wraps up the regular season with a pair of home matches this week.  The LEC Women's Tennis Tournament is next weekend, Oct. 19-20, at Rhode Island College.

            The Panther volleyball team, 12-6 overall and 2-2 in the LEC, has three weeks remaining in the regular season.  The LEC Volleyball Tournament begins on Oct. 30, with a champion set to be crowned on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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