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PSC sweeps LEC pair over ECSU and RIC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Plymouth State College swept a pair of Little East Conference volleyball matches Saturday afternoon, including the first career victory in seven attempts over Eastern Connecticut State University.

After dropping the first two games to ECSU, the Panthers came back to win the next two and clinch the match with a 15-11 verdict in the fifth and deciding game. PSC then needed only four games to defeat host Rhode Island College in the second match of the day.

The victories improve PSC to 18-9 overall on the season. The Panthers are tied for second in the conference with Eastern Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth, all with 5-2 LEC marks.

Leading the way for Plymouth State was freshman Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.). Landry had a monster day, racking up 20 kills in both matches while adding a total of five service aces, five blocks and seven digs. LaValley contributed 12 kills against ECSU and 16 against RIC, while adding 26 digs and three aces.

Senior Stephanie Spiridakis (Belmont, N.H.) led PSC defensively, registering a team-high 36 digs, 15 against Eastern and 21 vs. RIC. Sophomore setter Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, N.H.) recorded 37 assists in the first match and 44 in the nightcap.

PSC, which has won five in a row, returns to action with the last regular season home match on Tuesday (Oct. 24) at Foley Gymnasium against Salem State (7 p.m.)