LEWISTON, Maine - Plymouth State College picked up two solid victories in four tough matches Friday and Saturday at the Bates College Volleyball Invitational, defeating Bowdoin College and Western Connecticut State University and coming up short against MIT and Bridgewater State College.
The weekend's results leave the Panthers with a 17-4 overall record on the season.
PSC opened the weekend with a heartbreaking five-game loss to MIT, the No. 1 team in New England. After falling behind two games (30-16, 30-20), the Panthers rallied to take games three and four (30-25, 30-14) but dropped a 15-8 verdict in the fifth and decisive game. PSC made a strong rebound in the second match of the evening with a 30-24, 30-23, 30-20 victory over Bowdoin.
The Panthers had another emotional marathon in store for them on Saturday. After taking the first two games (30-23, 30-28) against Western Connecticut, the three-time defending Little East Conference champions, PSC saw WCSU come back and win the next two games (30-25, 33-31). But this time the Panthers pulled off the victory in the fifth game, 15-13, to win the two-hour-plus match.
The win over Western took too much out of PSC, as the Panthers dropped their final match in the tournament to Bridgewater State, 30-18, 30-21, 30-18.
Junior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) was Plymouth State's representative on the All-Tournament Team. She recorded 59 kills in the four matches, including 19 against MIT and a season-high 23 against Western Connecticut. Landry committed only 12 attack errors in 151 attempts for a .311 attack percentage.
Freshman Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) was PSC's top defensive player, recording 75 digs in the tournament, including a season-high 39 against Western Connecticut. She also chipped in with 31 kills.
Other notable performances came from junior Amber Greenlaw (Gilford, N.H.) with 74 digs, including 20 vs. MIT and 28 against WCSU; junior Sonia Trudell (Somersworth, N.H.) with 49 digs, including 20 against MIT; and junior Joanna Brothers (Meredith, N.H.) with 23 kills, including 10 in the win over Bowdoin.
Plymouth State returns home to host UMass Dartmouth this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in a Little East Conference match at Foley Gymnasium.