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PSU Volleyball finishes third at Bridgewater Tournament

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team finished third overall at the Bridgewater State Halloween Classic, splitting a pair of matches Saturday to finish the tournament with a 2-2 record.

            The Panthers started the day with a grueling 3-2 loss to Keene State College, dropping the first two sets 25-15 and 25-10, rallying to win the next two, 25-17 and 25-14, and then falling in the final set, 15-13.  PSU regrouped and defeated Worcester State College in its final match, 25-12, 25-22, 25-12.

            Keene State and Hunter College both finished the tournament with 4-0 records, and Keene was declared tourney champion based on a point-differential tiebreaker.  PSU and Bridgewater State were both 2-2, but the Panthers took third place based on Friday night's 3-2 win over the Bears. Framingham State and Worcester State each finished the weekend 1-3, and Suffolk was winless in four tries.

            The weekend's events wrap up the regular season, with PSU finishing with a 19-13 overall record.  Keene State is now 27-8, Hunter is 24-5 and Bridgewater State is 10-23. 

            Junior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) was named to the All-Tournament Team for PSU after making 57 kills and 17 blocks in the four matches.  She had a team-high 11 kills and five blocks in the setback to Keene State Saturday and added nine kills, five blocks and five services aces in the win over Worcester State.

            Senior Wendy Dziedzic (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.) both reached double figures in kills in the KSC match, and senior Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) recorded a season-high 28 digs. Junior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.) was the top hitter against WSC with 11 kills.

            PSU will be the fifth seed in next week's Little East Conference Tournament, and will travel to fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University for a Tuesday night match (6:00 p.m.) 

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