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Panthers capture WNEC Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Plymouth State College won its second volleyball tournament in two weeks and remained undefeated on the season, winning the Western New England College Invitational Friday and Saturday.

The Panthers won all four matches in the tournament in three games, improving their season record to 8-0. PSC won its own tournament last weekend to open the season.

Plymouth State won its opening match of the tournament Friday night with a 3-0 victory over Westfield State College. The Panthers knocked off Pine Manor College 3-0 in Saturday's pool play, and advanced to the finals with a 3-0 decision over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. PSC had little trouble with WNEC, winning 3-0 to capture the title.

Junior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player for PSC. Freshman Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team. The sisters had 14 kills apiece in the championship match win over WNEC.

In the 30-10, 30-7, 30-16 blowout of Pine Manor, freshman Kim Krause (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) had five kills, 13 service aces and five digs, while juniors Joanna Brothers (Meredith, N.H.) and Kate Shirey (Amherst, N.H.) had five kills apiece.

In the 30-24, 30-25, 30-9 win over MCLA, Kelly Landry had 12 kills, 11 digs and three aces, senior Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, N.H.) had 32 assists, and juniors Sonia Trudell (Somersworth, N.H.) and Becky Landry each had 11 kills each.

In the final match, a 30-20, 30-27, 30-17 victory over host WNEC, O'Hearn had 42 assists, Trudell contributed 11 kills and 12 digs, and junior Amber Greenlaw (Gilford, N.H.) added 11 digs.

Plymouth State returns to action this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., hosting Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference match at Foley Gymnasium. The Little East Conference schedule begins next weekend in Danbury, Conn, when PSC plays a round robin against Western Connecticut, Southern Maine, and Keene State.

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