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PSU Volleyball drops LEC match to Western Connecticut

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior middle hitter Rebecca Stein (Kingston, N.Y.) was a force at the net Saturday afternoon to lead Western Connecticut State University to a 3-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.

            WestConn took the opening set, 25-22, and PSU came back to even things up with a 25-21 victory in the second set.  The Colonials put the match away with 26-24 and 25-20 triumphs in the next two sets.  Western improved to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while PSU slipped to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the LEC.

            Stein recorded 17 kills and eight blocks to lead the Colonials, while sophomore Samantha Hathaway (Milford, Conn.) helped out with 42 assists.  Freshman Kelsey Collins (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the defense with 25 digs.

            Junior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.) was the top hitter for the Panthers with 12 kills, as Western limited PSU's top hitter, junior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.), to just six kills and five attack errors. Senior libero Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) had a team-high 21 digs.

            PSU returns to the court next weekend at the Johnson & Wales Fall Classic in Providence, R.I.  WestConn returns home to host Wesleyan University Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. 

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