AMHERST, Mass.- Plymouth State College split four matches at the Amherst Volleyball Classic over the weekend, defeating Rhode Island College and St. Lawrence University on Saturday after losses on Friday to Tufts and Wesleyan Universities.
MIT went on to win the 11-team tournament with victories over Trinity, St. Lawrence, Tufts and Wesleyan. Junior outside hitter Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.) was PSC's selection on the All-Tournament Second Team.
PSC dropped its first match in the tournament Friday to Tufts, 30-17, 30-15, 30-18, despite eight kills from LaValley, seven kills from sophomore Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and 10 digs from sophomore Amber Greenlaw (Gilford, N.H.). The Panthers challenged Wesleyan in their next match but fell, 30-25, 30-17, 30-23, despite 10 kills and eight digs from LaValley and nine kills and nine digs from Landry.
Saturday was a different story, as PSC earned victories over RIC, 30-19, 31-29, 30-23, and St. Lawrence, 30-28, 30-28, 30-16. LaValley registered 29 kills and 19 digs in the two matches, and Landry contributed 21 kills and eight digs. Sophomore Sonia Trudell (Somersworth, N.H.) also added 13 kills and 18 digs.
Plymouth State, 7-3 overall and ranked ninth in the latest New England Division III poll, returns home for a pair of matches at Foley Gymnasium, Monday (Sept. 24) against Endicott (7:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (Sept. 26) against Little East Conference foe UMass Boston (6:00 p.m.).