- The top three players on the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team were named Little East Conference First Team All-Stars Monday in voting by the league's head coaches.
The three Panthers First Team selections are junior outside hitter Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.), junior middle hitter Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.), and junior setter Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, R.I.). Landry received an additional honor as LEC Offensive Player of the Year. It was the third consecutive All-LEC First Team honor for Landry and the second straight for Bagwell.
The trio has led the Panthers to another successful campaign, which includes the first NCAA Tournament berth in the nine-year history of the program. PSU, 28-11 overall, shared the LEC regular season title with Rhode Island College, Western Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut, and went on to capture the LEC Tournament Championship and automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney.
A 5'8" outside hitter, Landry continued as one of the dominant
players in the conference. She led the LEC with 4.04 kills per
game, and ranked third with a .295 hitting percentage. Landry was
named to the All-Tournament team four times this season, and was
the Most Outstanding Player in the Little East Championships.
A 5'9" middle hitter, Ciulla emerged as a standout player this
season. She led the conference with a .316 hitting percentage and
ranked second with 3.62 kills per game, and was among the leaders
in aces (0.54 per game) and blocks (0.79 per game). Ciulla was
named to the All-Tournament Team twice this season, and was also
twice named LEC Defensive Player of the Week.
A 5'4" setter, Bagwell continued her strong play in running the
Panther offense. She led the conference in assists (10.19 per game)
for the second straight season, while adding 1.40 digs and 0.32
aces per game. Bagwell was named to the All-Tournament Team on two
different occasions this season.
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