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October 22, 2007

PSU Volleyball and Women’s Soccer standouts honored by LEC

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University women student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday after leading their respective Panther teams to key conference victories last week.

            Sophomore Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I./ Ponaganset) was named LEC Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, and freshman Alex Marcell (Pittsford, Vt.) was selected LEC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week.  Badeau received the LEC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week honor for the third time in the last four weeks, while Marcell is the first Panther women's soccer player to receive weekly honors this season.

            A 6'0" middle hitter, Badeau (right) averaged 4.22 kills per game with a .427 hitting percentage for the week, leading PSU to a 3-0 week, including a 2-0 mark in LEC matches with 3-0 wins over UMB and UMD.  She also recorded eight service aces (0.89 per game).  Badeau registered 13 kills and two aces in Wednesday's win over Middlebury, eight kills and four aces in the Saturday's win over UMB, and 17 kills and two aces in Saturday's win over UMD.  Badeau leads the LEC in attack percentage (.372) and ranks third in kills (3.87 per game).

            The Panther volleyball squad, 18-7 overall and 4-2 in conference play, wraps up the regular season this week with a match Tuesday at Salem State (7:00 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday at the Brandeis Tournament.  The LEC Tournament begins on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

            A freshman forward, Marcell (left) scored both goals in PSU's 2-0 LEC win over UMD on Saturday, moving the Panthers past the Corsairs in the conference standings and into the LEC tournament scenario.  Both her goals came in the last 16 minutes of the game to clinch the victory.  Marcell, who did not play in PSU's midweek game at Bridgewater State, leads the team in scoring with seven goals, one assist and 15 points.  She also ranks sixth in the LEC in goals and tied for ninth in points.

            The Panther women's soccer team, 6-8-0 overall and 2-4-0 in LEC games, wraps up the regular season this week with a non-conference game at Lyndon State on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) and an LEC home game Saturday vs. UMass Boston (4:00 p.m.)

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