KEENE, N.H. - In one of the key Little East Conference women's volleyball matches of the season, defending champion Western Connecticut State University edged Plymouth State University, 3-2, in the LEC Round Robin at Keene State College's Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Panthers, who shared the top spot with WCSU in the LEC pre-season poll, won the first and fourth games against WCSU, but fell 15-9 in the fifth and decisive game. PSU rebounded to knock off Southern Maine in the final match of the weekend in four games (30-15, 28-30, 30-27, 30-10).
Plymouth State wraps up a 2-1 weekend, improving to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while WCSU is now 6-3 and 3-0 and Southern Maine is 5-3 and 0-3.
Senior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) had an outstanding day, performing well in both Panther matches. She registered 22 kills (with no errors) and a .550 attack percentage in the setback to Western Conn., and added 12 kills (and only two errors) in the defeat of USM. She also added 17 digs against the Colonials and six blocks in the two matches combined.
Other strong Panther performances against the Colonials came from senior Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.), who had 16 kills and 19 digs, and sophomores Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.), who contributed 18 and 16 digs, respectively. Kelly Landry was the top Panther hitter in the win over USM with 13 kills, while sophomore Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, R.I.) had 35 set assists and a team-high nine digs.
PSU returns home to host Endicott Tuesday evening at Foley Gymnasium (6:00 p.m.).
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