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PSU Field Hockey and Volleyball players named to All-Little East Conference Teams

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Four Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored Tuesday with selections to the All-Little East Conference Teams in field hockey and volleyball for 2006. The All-LEC Teams are voted on by each of the league's head coaches.

Seniors Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) and Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) were both voted All-LEC Second Team in field hockey, and freshmen Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) and Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn) were All-LEC Second Team picks in volleyball. They are the first All-LEC honors for everyone except Bates, who was the 2003 LEC Rookie of the Year.

A 5'6" senior forward, Bates (far left) finished third on the team in scoring this fall with six goals, six assists and 18 points. Her six assists led the team and tied for seventh in the LEC. Bates completed her career with 27 goals, 16 assists and 70 points, which is tied for sixth on PSU's career assist list and tied for 12th on the career points list.

A 5'3" senior forward, Spadafora (left) finished second on the team in scoring this season with seven goals, five assists and 19 points. She played only two years for the Panthers, scoring 13 goals, eight assists and 34 points in 35 games. Spadafora is also a two-time All-LEC selection in women's lacrosse.

A 6'0" freshman middle hitter, Badeau (right) was one of the top hitters and blockers in the conference. She led PSU in kills (3.29 per game) and hitting percentage (.285), which ranked third in the LEC in both categories, and she topped the Panthers in blocks (1.00 per game), which tied for fourth in the conference.

A 5'4" setter, Kleckner (far right) ran the Panther offense and led the LEC in assists with 9.62 per game. She also ranked eighth in the conference in service aces (0.62 per game).

The Panther volleyball team, 19-13 overall, is competing in this week's ECAC New England Tournament, with a first-round game Wednesday at home against Johnson & Wales (6:00 p.m.) The Panther field hockey squad finished its season last week with a 7-9 overall record.

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