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PSC outlasts Keene but falls to WCSU

DANBURY, Conn. - After 11 consecutive victories to open the season, Plymouth State College suffered its first women's volleyball loss of the season Saturday, dropping a four-game decision to three-time defending Little East Conference champion Western Connecticut State University.

The Panthers moved to 11-0 Saturday morning with a grueling five-game decision over arch-rival Keene State College. After dropping the first two games, 31-29 and 30-24, PSC battled back to take the match by winning three straight games, 30-24, 30-27 and 19-17 in the decisive fifth game.

After a break, the Panthers had to come back and face host WCSU, who had knocked off Southern Maine in three games in the morning's match. PSC used the momentum from the Keene State victory to take the opening game against the Colonials, but Western came back to win the next three games, 30-20, 30-20, 30-24.

PSC completes the weekend at 11-1 overall and 2-1 in the LEC. Western Conn. is now 8-4 and 3-0, while Keene State is now 1-3 and 1-2.

The Panthers got strong performances in the match against Western from senior setter Jesse O'Hearn (Tilton, N.H.), junior middle hitter Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and junior defensive specialist Amber Greenlaw (Gilford, N.H.). O'Hearn recorded 28 set assists, Landry contributed 12 kills and three service aces, and Greenlaw registered 18 digs.

PSC will be back in action next Friday and Saturday (Sept. 27-28) at the Bridgewater State Invitational.

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