SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Plymouth State University was prevented from winning the Western New England College Invitational women's volleyball tournament for the second straight year when the Panthers were defeated in the semifinals Saturday by Amherst College.
Amherst, which went on to capture the tournament title, knocked off PSU in four games, 30-19, 30-10, 21-30, 30-28. The Panthers regrouped and defeated host WNEC in three games in the third-place match, 30-16, 30-22, 30-20.
The outcome leaves Plymouth State with a 6-2 record on the season.
Senior Caron LaValley (Northfield, N.H.) was Plymouth State's representative on the All-Tournament Team. LaValley registered 35 kills over the weekend's action, including a team-high .362 attack percentage. She also contributed 36 digs, including 18 in the setback to Amherst.
Other standouts for PSU in the tournament included senior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.), who contributed 37 kills and 13 blocks, and sophomore Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.), who registered 28 kills and a team-high 39 digs.
Plymouth State returns to action Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. match at Granite State rival Colby-Sawyer College.
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