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Little East honors for PSU Field Hockey & Women’s Tennis

Colborn, Ioannides represent Panthers with weekly awards

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored by the Little East Conference Monday for their performances in Panther victories last week.

            Senior Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H. /White Mountains Regional) was named LEC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week, and freshman Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla) was selected the LEC Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week.  It was the first LEC weekly recognition this season for both Panther student-athletes.

  
  Colborn Ioannides
     

            A 5'9" senior forward, Colborn erupted for a career-high five goals in PSU's only game last week, a 6-2 LEC win Saturday over Salem State.  She scored all four first-half goals as the Panthers took a 4-0 lead at the break, and rounded out her day with PSU's fifth goal in the 52nd minute.  The outburst also gives Colborn 47 goals in her career, jumping her from fifth to third on PSU's career goal scoring list, one goal behind runner-up Terry Galley (1981-84).

            A Second Team All-LEC selection last year, Colborn leads the team in scoring this season with 14 goals and 29 points.  She ranks second in the Little East in goals per game (1.17) and fourth in points per contest (2.42).

            A 5'7" freshman, Ioannides went 4-0 last week with a pair of wins in both singles and doubles in a 1-1 week for the Panthers.  She won her LEC matches Saturday over UMass Boston in her regular slot in the line-up at No. 3 singles and at No. 2 doubles with partner Andra Dion (Ashland, N.H.).  Ioannides moved up a spot in the line-up in Thursday's non-conference match against Franklin Pierce University, winning at No. 2 singles and at No. 1 doubles with senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.)

            Ioannides leads the team in singles wins this season with a 10-2 record, including a 7-1 mark against LEC opponents.  She has also posted a 7-6 mark in doubles with two different partners.

            Both Panther teams will play at home this week. The women's tennis team (7-6 overall, 5-3 LEC) will host Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference Tournament quarterfinal Tuesday at the PE Center Courts (3:00 p.m.), while the field hockey squad (8-4 overall, 6-2 LEC) hosts Framingham State Wednesday at Arold Field (3:30 p.m.) in an LEC regular season match-up. 

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