DANBURY, Conn. - Western Connecticut State University captured its fifth straight Little East Conference Volleyball Championship Sunday afternoon with a three-game sweep (30-26, 30-13, 30-28) over Plymouth State University at the Feldman Arena.
Senior outside hitter Sandy Ramos (Newington, Conn.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after a seven kill on 12 attempts and 14 dig performance.
The top-seeded Colonials, 24-6, have now won the last five LEC Tournament Titles and 46 straight LEC regular-season and tournament matches. Their last, and only loss since becoming a member of the LEC, came on Oct. 31, 1998 against Eastern Connecticut, 3-2. WestConn receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament. Eight regional tournaments begin on Thursday, Nov. 13. Opponent and sight will be released on Monday.
Second-seeded Plymouth State, which dropped to 28-7 overall, was making its first appearance in the LEC Championship match since 1996 when it defeated Western Conn. in the semifinals before losing to Eastern Conn. in the title match. The Panthers are hoping for their second straight ECAC Tournament berth when the tourney field in announced on Monday.
In Sunday's opening game, there were 15 ties, the last coming at 24-24. WestConn went on to score six of the final eight points including a 3-0 run following a Plymouth State time out.
The Colonials built a 12-point lead behind the serving strength of Dawn Dommermuth (New Fairfield, Conn.) and Lindsey Gloster (Middletown, NY) in the second game.
In the final game, there were only two lead changes, the first point scored by the Panthers and the Colonials' 29th marker. WestConn trailed by as many as eight, 18-10, before ending the visitor's comeback attempt with a closing 20-10 run.
WestConn, the fourth ranked team in this week's New England Women's Volleyball Poll, was led by Gloster's 14 kills for the second straight match and 16 digs. She added three service aces for the Colonials.
Plymouth State, ranked seventh in the New England poll, was led by seniors Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.), who had 13 kills apiece. Sophomore Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) added 10 kills and a team-high 20 digs.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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