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October 29, 2005

PSU Volleyball finishes in third place at Brandeis Tournament

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team finished in third place in the Brandeis Judges Classic after winning one and losing two matches on Saturday.

PSU finished the two-day event with a 3-2 record after sandwiching a 3-0 victory over Gordon College (30-25, 30-24, 30-25) Saturday between losses to Brandeis (20-30, 30-24, 30-24, 30-18) and Eastern Connecticut (31-29, 30-24, 30-23).

Brandeis posted a perfect 5-0 record to win the tournament, while Eastern Conn. placed second with a 4-1 mark. Endicott (2-3) finished fourth, followed by Gordon (1-4) and Newbury (0-5). Unlike most in-season volleyball tournaments, no All-Tournament team was named.

Just as they have been all season, seniors Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.), Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, R.I.) were the top PSU performers. Ciulla finished Saturday's three matches with 34 kills, 54 digs and 17 blocks, while Landry recorded 30 kills and 62 digs. Bagwell ran the offense, registering 101 assists on the afternoon.

In addition, Ciulla and Landry both set PSU all-time records. Ciulla registered her record 313th career block, and Landry smashed her 1,629th career kill. They break the records previously held by Becky Landry, who had 1,628 kills and 312 blocks from 2000-03. Bagwell, who set the PSU career assists mark earlier this season, recorded her 4,000th career assist on Saturday.

PSU, which completes the regular season with a 22-15 overall record, enters this week's Little East Conference Tournament as the #2 seed and receiving a first-round bye. The Panthers shared the LEC regular season title with Eastern Conn., but the Warriors earned the top seed after last week's head-to-head win over the Panthers.

Plymouth State will play in the first semifinal at 4:00 p.m. Friday at ECSU, facing the winner of Tuesday's first-round match between #6 Western Connecticut and #3 Keene State. ECSU plays in the second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday's first-round match between #5 UMass Dartmouth and #4 Rhode Island College. Saturday's championship match is slated for 12 noon at ECSU.

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