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Panthers finish 1-3 at Brandeis Classic

WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State College suffered losses in three out of four matches Friday and Saturday at the Brandeis University Women's Volleyball Classic.

The Panthers defeated Lasell College in three games (30-11, 30-21, 30-16) but were handed losses by Middlebury College (30-28, 30-25, 30-27), Bates College (23-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-21) and host Brandeis (30-26, 30-15, 30-25).

The weekend's outcome, which wraps up the regular season, gives PSC a 25-9 overall record, the most wins in a season in the program's seven-year history. Middlebury is now 16-10, Bates is 23-11, Brandeis is 14-17, and Lasell is 11-23.

The Panthers continued to rely on the play of junior middle hitter Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman outside hitter Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.). Becky finished the four matches with a total of 50 kills and seven blocks, while Kelly contributed 40 kills and 60 digs. Senior setter Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, N.H.) ran the offense, making 104 set assists, and junior Amber Greenlaw (Gilford, N.H.) paced the team defensively, making 62 digs.

PSC, which clinched second place in the Little East Conference regular season, its highest finish to date, receives a bye in the first round on next week's LEC Tournament. The Panthers will face the winner of the UMass Dartmouth/Eastern Connecticut first-round match in the LEC semifinals next Saturday (Nov. 9) at 2:00 p.m. at top-seeded Western Connecticut. The semifinal winners meet Sunday at 12 noon at WCSU for the LEC Championship.