NASHUA, N.H. - Junior middle hitter Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) registered 17 kills and five blocks Monday evening as the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team came from behind to defeat Rivier College, 3-1, in a non-conference match at the Muldoon Health & Fitness Center.
The Panthers dropped the opening set, 25-18, but rallied to take the next three, 26-24, 25-21 and 25-17. PSU improves to 8-3 on the season, while Rivier, defending Great Northeast Athletic Conference champion, drops to 6-5.
Also contributing to the Panther victory were junior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.), who made 10 kills, senior Wendy Dziedzic (Nashua, N.H.), who added nine kills, and freshman Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.), who chipped in with eight. Sophomore Kelsey Petty (Salem, N.H.) recorded a team-high five service aces, and senior Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) finished with 24 digs. Sullivan and junior Kathy Frankowski (Farmington, Conn.) also reached double figures in digs, and junior setter Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) recorded 46 assists.
Leading the way for Rivier was Danielle Jacques (Derry, N.H.), who scored her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. Senior Colleen Van Cura (E. Lyme, Conn.) scooped up a Raider-high 21 digs. Setter Laura Ciummo (Burrillville, R.I.) dished out 30 assists while Nicole Rodriguez (Newton, Mass.) served a Rivier-high five ace serves. Freshmen Emileigh Cenedella (Townsend, Mass.) and Lauren Saccoccio (Warwick, R.I.) were solid in the back row with 13 and 16 digs, respectively.
PSU returns to Little East Conference play this Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. match at Foley Gymnasium against Western Connecticut. Rivier plays again Thursday evening at Keene State (7:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Rivier Sports Information)
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