PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three members of the Plymouth State College volleyball team were named Little East Conference All-Stars for 1999, one on the First Team and two on the Second Team
Conference champion Western Connecticut placed four players on the six-person First Team, but PSC freshman Carin LaValley (Northfield, NH) filled one of the two remaining spots to become the first Panther to make the All-LEC First team. Seniors Jill Langis (Farmington, NH) and Veronica Mulholland (Billerica, Mass.) earned their first LEC All-Star selections by being named to the Second Team.
In an odd voting result, LaValley was the only freshman selected to the LEC First Team but did not receive the Rookie of the Year award. That went to UMass Boston freshman Sarah Stafford, who was on the LEC Second Team.
LaValley completed a terrific freshman campaign for the Panthers, leading the team and ranking among the LEC leaders in kills (3.33/gm), hitting percentage (.274), and service aces (0.68/gm). She earned MVP honors at the Roger Williams Tournament, All-Tournament Team honors at the Bowdoin Invitational, and was selected LEC Player of the Week on both occasions. LaValley has already etched her name in the PSC record books, setting single-season school records for kills (400), kills/game (3.33), and service aces (81).
Langis and Mulholland wrapped up outstanding four-year careers for the Panthers. Freshmen during PSC's first varsity season in 1996, they have been valuable members of the program for four years. Langis had her best season as a senior, registering 289 kills, 71 aces and a career-high 481 digs. She owns the school records in career kills (666) and aces (167) and she ranks second in digs (1,023). Mulholland, a two-year co-captain, had a successful season defensively for the Panthers. She ranked third in the nation in Division III with 5.79 digs per game. A three-time All-Tournament Team selection at the Roger Williams Tourney, Mulholland owns school records for digs in a match (47), season (666) and career (1,388).
The Panthers completed the season with a 23-11 record in 1999 under second-year head coach Moira Long. Plymouth State has a four-year women's volleyball mark of 92-35.
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