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Panthers place 4th at Eastern Conn. Inv.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Plymouth State College split four volleyball matches and finished in fourth place Friday and Saturday at the 20th Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational at Geissler Gymnasium.

The Panthers won their first two pool play matches, defeating Endicott College 3-1 Friday evening (15-3, 13-15, 15-8, 15-9) and Coast Guard 3-0 Saturday morning (15-10, 15-9, 15-12). PSC was then knocked off 3-0 in the final pool play match by eventual tournament champ MIT (15-4, 15-9, 15-13).

The 2-1 record in pool play put PSC in the third-place match against the host Warriors of ECSU, the second encounter between the two schools in a week. The Panthers fell behind two games to none (15-7, 15-5), then rallied to win the next two (16-14, 15-10) to force a fifth game, but couldn't pull off the upset and fell in rally-play, 15-10.

Sophomore Carin LaValley (Northfield, NH) was PSC's representative on the All-Tournament Team, her third such honor this season. She led PSC with 46 kills and 64 digs, registering a "double-double" in three of the four matches. She recorded 13 kills and 18 digs against Endicott, 10 and 10 against Coast Guard, and 16 and 22 vs. Eastern Conn.

PSC also got a double-double from freshman Becky Landry (Nashua, NH), who contributed 18 kills and 13 digs against Eastern Connecticut. Sophomore setter Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, NH) averaged 8.1 assists per game in the tournament.

The Panthers, 13-9 overall, return home for a non-conference contest at Foley Gymnasium Tuesday (Oct. 10) against St. Michael's (7 p.m.)