BRISTOL, R.I. - The Plymouth State College women's volleyball team continued its amazing run of success at the annual Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday, winning the championship of the five-team tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
The Panthers went 4-0 in the tourney, and have now won five straight matches to improve to 6-3 overall. PSC knocked off the University of New England in five games, Roger Williams in four, and Wentworth and Regis each three straight to earn the championship. In fact, Plymouth State has never lost (18-0) in the four years of participating in this event, going 5-0 in both 1996 and 1998 and 4-0 in '97 and '99.
PSC won the tourney with the 4-0 mark, while Roger Williams (3-1) finished second, UNE (2-2) was third, Regis (1-3) was fourth, and Wentworth (0-4) was fifth.
The tournament featured the continued strong play of PSC freshman outside hitter Carin LaValley (Northfield, NH). She led the Panthers with 45 kills in the tournament, along with 42 digs, and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Seniors Veronica Mulholland (Billerica, MA) and Jill Langis (Farmington, NH) were also selected to the All-Tournament Team. Mulholland turned in an outstanding defensive performance, registering 76 digs along with 23 kills, while Langis was a solid all-around player, with 32 kills, 50 digs and eight service aces. The two Panther seniors were also on the All-Tournament team last season, with Langis winning MVP honors.
Junior Stephanie Spiridakis (Belmont, NH) was also very consistent for the Panthers, reaching double figures in digs in all four matches and finishing with a total of 58.
The Panthers started slowly, losing the first two games of the tournament to UNE, 15-9 and 15-10. But PSC rebounded to take the next three 15-9, 15-10 and 15-11 and capture the match. Next was a 15-7, 15-7, 15-6 decision over Wentworth, and a tough 6-15, 15-3, 15-11, 15-4 verdict over host Roger Williams. The Panthers then clinched the tournament title with a 15-12, 15-11, 15-5 triumph over Regis.
The Panthers will be back in tournament action in their next competition, next Friday and Saturday (Sept. 24-25) at the Bowdoin Invitational (6 p.m., 9 a.m.).
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