PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Brittany O'Bryant (Merrimack, N.H.) and freshman Bridget O'Bryant (Merrimack, N.H.) combined to make 29 kills Tuesday evening to lead Keene State College to a 3-2 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.
The Owls won the first and third games, 25-19 and 25-18, while the Panthers came back to take the second and fourth games, 25-22 and 25-17. Keene State led the whole way in the decisive fifth game after jumping out to a 5-0 advantage. PSU pulled to within two points at 5-3, but the Owls came right back to go ahead 8-3 at the side change. The Panthers scored the next two points to close to within three points again, but the Owls recorded six of the next seven points and went on to post a 15-8 victory.
Keene State clinches its second straight LEC regular season championship as the Owls have at least a two-game lead on the rest of the conference with one match to play. KSC is now 5-0 in the LEC and 17-6 overall, while the Panthers slipped to 1-3 in conference matches and 11-6 overall.
Brittany O'Bryant finished with 17 kills and six blocks for the Owls, while Bridget added 12 kills. Junior setter Jordan Pokryfki (Wasilla, Alaska) registered 44 set assists, and senior libero Sarah Peterson (Danville, N.H.) added 27 digs.
Freshman Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) led the Panthers with 15 kills, six service aces and 13 digs, while junior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.), a transfer from Keene State, added 11 kills for PSU. Senior Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) contributed 18 digs, and junior Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) made 44 set assists.
PSU returns to action this Friday and Saturday at the Tom Hay Invitational at Springfield College, while KSC faces Brandeis and Coast Guard Saturday in New London, Conn.
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