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LaValley honored for fifth straight week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Plymouth State College student-athletes were honored Monday by the Little East Conference after their performances in Panther victories last week.

Senior Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine), sophomore Katie Olsen (Reading, Mass.) and junior Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.) were named to the LEC Weekly Honor Rolls in field hockey, women's tennis and volleyball, respectively.

A senior tri-captain, Jackson scored a pair of goals for the field hockey Panthers, leading the team to a pair of LEC victories. She scored to start the PSC comeback from a 2-0 deficit against Salem State last Tuesday in a 4-2 triumph, and she tallied the first goal of the game in a 2-1 decision over Bridgewater State. Jackson leads PSC in scoring with five goals.

The Panthers, 8-4 overall, are tied with Southern Maine for first place in the LEC Field Hockey standings, both teams at 5-1 in conference play. PSC, which gave USM its only conference loss two weeks ago, plays a pair of LEC contests this week - Monday (Oct. 8) at Framingham State (4:00 p.m.) and Saturday (Oct. 13) at home against Eastern Connecticut (2:00 p.m.).

Olsen, who plays No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles for PSC, recorded a perfect 3-0 week in singles. With victories over Castleton State, Endicott and Western Connecticut, she improved her singles record to 9-1, tying for the team lead in victories. Olsen is also 7-2 in doubles play.

PSC is having one of the best women's tennis seasons in history. The Panthers are 8-2 heading into the final regular season match on Monday (Oct. 8) at Saint Anselm (3:00 p.m.), and are tied for first place in the LEC with Rhode Island College, both teams at 4-1. The LEC Championships are this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 12-13) at Southern Maine.

LaValley is becoming almost automatic to appear on the LEC's list of weekly volleyball honors. The junior co-captain was recognized for the fifth consecutive week after leading the Panthers at the Eastern Connecticut Invitational last weekend. In five matches for the week, she recorded 62 kills and 44 digs while hitting at a .338 clip. LaValley was named to the All-Tournament Team for the 11th time in her career.

The Panther volleyball squad, 12-9 overall and 3-1 in LEC matches, is idle until Sunday (Oct. 14) when the Panthers host Regis College in the Homecoming match at Foley Gymnasium (12 noon).