PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five of the six starters on Plymouth State University's volleyball team were honored Monday when the Little East Conference announced the 2003 LEC All-Star Team.
Senior middle hitter Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) topped the list of honors for PSU as she was named LEC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Star. She was joined on the First Team by sophomore outside hitter Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore setter Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, R.I.), while two other Panthers were Second Team picks - senior outside hitters Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.) and Sonia Trudell (Somersworth, N.H.). The All-Star team is voted on by the league's eight head coaches.
Becky Landry earned the LEC's top offensive honor for the second straight season, and received All-LEC recognition for the fourth year in a row. The owner of more than a dozen school records, Landry leads the conference in kills per game (4.10) and hitting percentage (.358) and ranks second in blocks per game (0.80). She was named to the All-Tournament team earlier this year at the Bridgewater State Invitational, and was the LEC Offensive Player of the Week four times this season.
Kelly Landry would be the top player on most teams, but takes a back seat to her older sister for PSU. Kelly is second in the conference in hitting percentage (.317) while ranking among the leaders in kills (2.86 per game) and digs (3.07 per game). She was the LEC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season after being named to the All-Tournament Team at the Super 8 Invitational, hosted by PSU.
Bagwell enjoyed a strong season after taking over this year as starting setter. She leads the conference in assists, setting school records for total assists (1160) and assists per game (9.91). Bagwell often goes unnoticed because of PSU's big hitters, but her performance was recognized by the league's coaches with her First Team selection.
LaValley received All-LEC recognition for the fourth time in her career, and the first time since 2001. She was a First Team pick in 1999, 2000 and 2001 before missing a year and a half with injuries. LaValley returned this season and ranks among the conference leaders in kills (2.82 per game) and digs (3.06). She was the LEC Offensive Player of the Week in September after earning All-Tournament Team honors at the Western New England Invitational, the 11th such accolade in her career.
Trudell earned All-Conference honors for the first time after a solid four-year career. A right-side hitter and two-year co-captain, she shares the team lead in service aces (0.51 per game) and ranks third in digs (2.88 per game). Trudell was the LEC Defensive Player of the Week last month after being named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bates Invitational.
PSU will continue its record-setting season this weekend after earning a second straight ECAC Tournament berth. The 28-7 Panthers will meet Emmanuel College in Friday night's first-round game (7:30 p.m.), set to be played at top-seeded MIT.
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