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September 21, 2004

PSU Volleyball falls short at Endicott

BEVERLY, Mass.

- Endicott College's assault on its volleyball school record books continued Tuesday night as the Power Gulls defeated Plymouth State University, 3-1 (32-30, 30-19, 12-30, 30-14) at the Post Center.

            The win is the sixth straight for the Gulls as they improve to 7-4 overall, while the Panthers drop to 9-4.  Plymouth State is the third opponent in the last five matches that the Gulls defeated for the first time, and the victory over PSU, which is ranked #7 in the New England poll, also marks the highest-ranked team EC has ever defeated.

            Trailing late in game one, Endicott rallied from two-points down to win 32-30. Then with momentum on their side, EC came out firing in game two, taking a 12-1 lead and coasting to a 30-19 victory. In the third game PSU relied on strong serving to turn the tide in its favor as won easily 30-12. The fourth game saw the Gulls regain their composure as they again got out of the gate quick and ended the match with a 30-14 victory.

            Katie Lorinovich provided a solid base for the Gulls as she tied the school record for digs in a 4-game match with 29. Killeen Ross led the offense with 14 kills while Morgan Tranquist and Patty Mikan each chipped in 10 kills. Meghan Hall ran the team well, handing out 43 assists. Sara Moore, Susan Teta and Tranquist all finished with four blocks each.

            Plymouth State was led by junior Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.), who had a double-double with a team-high 13 kills and 15 digs.  Classmate Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.) added nine kills and 11 digs, and junior Kim Krause (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) chipped in with six kills and nine digs.  Junior Lindsey Bodwell (Farmington, N.H.) and freshman Kim Tobyne (Bedford, N.H.) also contributed defensively with 10 and nine digs, respectively.

            Plymouth State will play in the Bridgewater State Tournament this Friday and Saturday, while Endicott returns to action Thursday at Saint Joseph's College.

  (Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)

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