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PSU Volleyball captures first Little East Conference Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

- Third-seeded Plymouth State University captured the 2004 Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Championship Saturday afternoon, sweeping fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in the title match, 3-0, in The Murray Center at Rhode Island College.

            It is the first conference championship for the Panthers in the nine-year history of the program.  PSU received the LEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament, and will learn its first-round opponent, date and site Sunday night.

            Plymouth State capitalized on several Eastern Connecticut unforced errors in game one and prevailed, 30-20. The Warriors gave the Panthers all they could handle in games two and three, but PSU answered every challenge and won, 30-27, and 30-26, respectively.

            Junior Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) was named the Tournament MVP. She had nine kills, five digs and three blocks in the win. Landry had 15 kills, five service aces, 13 digs and one block in Friday night's semi-final win (3-2) over second-seeded and five-time defending champion Western Connecticut State University.

            The Panthers mounted a balanced attack in the win over ECSU. Junior Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.) had 14 kills, two service aces, 15 digs and one block. Junior Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, R.I.) had a match-high 27 assists and junior Kim Krause (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) was a defensive standout with 12 digs.

            ECSU freshman Emma Sousa (Coventry, CT) posted 12 kills, while sophomore Marianna Capomolla (Stamford, CT) and senior Amanda Jassen (Winsted, CT) had 14 and 13 digs, respectively, in a losing effort.

                 The Panthers are now 28-11 overall, and will be making their third straight post-season berth under seventh-year head coach Moira Long.

(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)

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