Three Panthers named All-LEC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The annual Little East Conference women's volleyball awards were announced on Monday, and three Plymouth State College standouts were selected LEC First Team All-Stars. In addition, PSC was honored with the Offensive Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year.
PSC junior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) received one of the top honors in the conference, being named LEC Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-LEC First Team by senior Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, N.H.) and freshman Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.), and Panther fifth-year head coach Moira Long was tabbed LEC Coach of the Year.
The honored Panthers were instrumental in PSC enjoying its most successful season in school history. Plymouth State has posted a 25-10 overall record, setting a school mark for victories in a season, and finished runner-up in the LEC regular season with a 6-1 mark. The Panthers also earned the first post-season berth in the program's seven-year history, receiving an invitation to this weekend's ECAC Tournament.
A 5'9" middle hitter, Becky Landry has been one of the top players in the conference all season, earning Offensive Player of the Week honors three times. She is second in the LEC in kills (3.61 per game), fifth in hitting percentage (.294) and eighth in service aces (0.65 per game) while leading the team in blocks (84). Landry, who was a Second Team LEC All-Star the past two seasons and was the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2000, was selected Most Valuable Player at the Western New England Invitational earlier this season.
A 5'7" setter, O'Hearn completed a solid campaign running the Panther offense. A three-year starter and the owner of all of PSC's single-season and career assist records, O'Hearn averaged 9.20 assists per game this season, ranking third in the conference. She was an All-Tournament Team pick at the PSC's Super 8 Invitational Tournament in September.
A 5'9" outside hitter, Kelly Landry was one of three freshmen named to the six-member All-LEC First Team. She enjoyed a terrific rookie campaign, earning All-Tournament Team honors at three tournaments (WNEC, Bridgewater State and Bates), and she earned LEC Weekly honors four times (Offensive Player of the Week twice and Rookie of the Week two other times). Landry ranks fifth in the conference in kills (2.81 per game), fourth in hitting percentage (.295) and ninth in digs (3.64 per game).
Long was selected LEC Coach of the Year for the first time in her five years at PSC. She led Plymouth State to its highest finish ever in the LEC regular season, and helped the Panthers to their first post-season berth in school history.