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PSU Volleyball earns sixth straight post-season berth

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team received its sixth consecutive post-season berth Monday with its selection to the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.

            The Panthers (20-11) received the eighth seed in the tournament, and will visit top-seeded Brandeis University (25-10) Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Auerbach Arena.  Plymouth State is playing in the ECAC Tournament for the fifth time in six years, in addition to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2004.

            The other first-round matches on Wednesday include second-seeded Coast Guard (21-6) hosting seventh-seeded Western Connecticut State University (19-12); third-seeded Colby-Sawyer College (26-7) taking on sixth-seeded Smith College (17-14); and fourth-seeded Johnson & Wales University (27-11) facing fifth-seeded Keene State College (24-11). The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 10, with times to be announced following first-round action.

            Wednesday's match will be the second meeting of the season between Plymouth State and Brandeis.  The Judges swept the Panthers, 3-0, on Friday, Oct. 26, in the annual Brandeis Judges Classic.

            Plymouth State, led by 10th-year head coach Moira Long, received the ECAC berth after finishing in third place in the Little East Conference regular season with a 4-2 conference record.  PSU was knocked out of the LEC Tournament in the semifinals by Western Connecticut, 3-1.

            Brandeis is the defending ECAC New England champion and the top seed for the second straight season.  The Judges are two wins shy of tying the school record for victories set in 2003.

            PSU won its first-round match in the ECAC Tournament in 2003 and 2005 before falling in the semifinal round both seasons.  The Panthers were first-round victims in 2002 and 2006.  Plymouth State was the second seed last season but was upset on home court by seventh-seeded Johnson & Wales, 3-2.

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