WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Second-seeded Rhode Island College knocked third-seeded Plymouth State University out of the Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Tournament Friday evening, sending the Panthers home with a 3-1 loss in the semifinals at Eastern Connecticut State University's Geissler Gymnasium.
The Anchorwomen, 20-12, advance to Saturday's championship match for the first time ever, where they will face the winner of Friday's second semifinal between top-seeded Eastern Connecticut and fourth-seeded Keene State College. Plymouth State, 19-13, awaits a possible ECAC Tournament berth, which will be announced on Monday.
RIC came out and took the opening game, 30-23, only to see the Panthers answer with a 30-25 verdict in game two to even the match. The third game was very competitive, with seven ties before the Anchorwomen scored four straight points to break from a 15-15 deadlock. The lead crested at six points twice thereafter. Rhode Island led by a score of 29-23 before the Panthers pulled to within 29-28, but RIC eventually pulled out a 30-28 victory. They rode that momentum to a 30-21 triumph in game four to clinch the match.
Senior Erin Miga (Cranston, R.I.) led the Anchorwomen with 14 kills, while freshman Sharon Corriveau (Coventry, R.I.) and junior Jeanne Rosa (Milford, Conn.) combined for 42 digs. Rosa also contributed 19 assists.
Freshman Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) led Plymouth State with 19 kills but committed 12 attack errors. Junior Kirsten Willoughby (Plymouth, N.H.) added 12 kills for PSU, while sophomore Wendy Dziedzic (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with nine kills. Sophomore libero Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) had 23 digs, and freshman setter Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) recorded 26 digs and 43 assists.
Rhode Island College had edged Plymouth in five games during the regular season.
(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)
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