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PSC edges Colby-Sawyer in marathon battle

NEW LONDON, N.H. - The Plymouth State and Colby-Sawyer women's volleyball teams traded games for over two hours Thursday night, and PSC came out on top with a 16-14 win in the fifth and deciding game to pick up the 3-2 victory.

After splitting the first two games, both by 15-11 scores, Colby-Sawyer rallied back from a 14-8 deficit in the third game to win, 16-14. The Panthers answered by winning Game 4, 15-13, before the Chargers almost pulled off another comeback in the deciding game. PSC jumped to an 11-4 lead, then CSC rattled off eight straight points to pull ahead 12-11. The Chargers held a 13-12 edge, but Plymouth State scored four of the final five points to claim the road victory.

Freshman Becky Landry (Nashua, NH) led PSC with 17 kills and sophomore Carin LaValley (Northfield, NH) added 16 kills and a team-high 14 digs. Freshman Bryce Budzinsky (Killingworth, CT) contributed 14 kills, and sophomore Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, NH) ran the offense with 48 assists.

Colby-Sawyer received 26 kills and 19 digs from Sara Hammond, and 14 kills and 12 digs from Tiffany Williams. Setter Heather McMahon had 49 assists and five of the Chargers' 13 service aces.

Both teams return to the court on Saturday. Colby-Sawyer, 5-2, will host Assumption at 1 p.m., and PSC, 4-1, will defend its title in the Roger Williams Invitational in Bristol, R.I. (9 a.m.)