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September 12, 2008

PSU Volleyball wins two at Days Inn Tournament

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University swept a pair on matches Friday evening on the first day of the annual Days Inn of Campton Women's Volleyball Tournament, defeating Lasell College and Newbury College in straight sets at Foley Gymnasium.

            The Panthers knocked off Lasell in the first match, 25-11, 25-17, 25-12, and came back with an easy 25-4, 25-10, 25-7 victory over Newbury in the nightcap.  PSU advances to the semifinal round, and will face an opponent to be determined Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

            Junior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) led the Panthers in the win over Lasell, posting 16 kills with just two attack errors, while classmate Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) finished with 26 set assists.  Senior libero Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H./Inter-Lakes) led the defense with 10 digs, and senior Regan Bowlen (Portsmouth, N.H.) recorded a team-high four service aces.

            Freshman Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) was the top PSU hitter in the victory over Newbury, registering seven kills with no attack errors.  Badeau recorded five kills and a team-best seven service aces, and sophomore setter Sarah Cady (Holliston, Mass.) finished with 14 assists. Spears again led the defense with seven digs.

            Tournament play resumes Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with pool play, followed by the semifinals at 11:00 a.m.  The consolation round is slated for 1:00 p.m., with the championship match set for 3:00 p.m.

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