PLYMOUTH, N.H.-- The UMass-Dartmouth volleyball team defeated Plymouth State College in four games Tuesday, 9-15, 15-9, 15-13, 17-15, in Little East Conference action at Foley Gymnasium.
With the win, UMass Dartmouth improves to 11-5 and 4-1 in the LEC. PSC falls to 11-7 and 3-2. It is the first victory for the Corsairs over PSC since the Panthers started volleyball five years ago.
PSC took the first game convincingly on the strength of outside hitter Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.) and the serving of Amber Greenlaw (Gilford, N.H.)
The Corsairs returned the favor in the second game and again in the third. UMD relied on the heavy hitting of Carla Ferreira (Marion, MA) and Julie Calderone (Coventry, RI) in each of those two wins.
In the fourth game, the Corsairs raced to a 12-2 lead and then held off a furious PSC comeback. The Panthers rallied to take a 15-14 advantage but the Corsairs won three straight points to clinch the match. Amy Wilson (Dartmouth, MA) had two key kills in the decisive fourth game.
Plymouth State, which has lost six of its last eight matches, was led by LaValley, who had 20 kills, and Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.), who had 16 kills and two service aces. Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, N.H.) had 38 assists in the Panther effort.
The Panthers return to action this weekend when they travels to Willimantic, Conn., for the Eastern Connecticut State University Tournament.