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November 12, 2008

PSU Volleyball sweeps Norwich in ECAC Quarterfinal

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.) and junior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) combined to make 26 kills Wednesday evening to lead third-seeded Plymouth State University to a 3-0 sweep over sixth-seeded Norwich University in a quarterfinal match of the ECAC New England Women's Volleyball Tournament at Foley Gymnasium.

            The Panthers took the match with set scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19, improving their season record to 20-14. Sullivan led the way for PSU with 14 kills while Badeau added 12.  Senior Wendy Dziedzic (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with nine kills for the Panthers in the winning cause. Norwich completes its season at 16-9.

            PSU advances to the ECAC semifinals Saturday at top-seeded Colby-Sawyer College, where they will play at 2:00 p.m. against second-seed Johnson & Wales University.  The Wildcats advanced Wednesday evening with a 3-1 victory over seventh-seed Worcester State College.  Colby-Sawyer meets fourth-seeded University of New England in the first semifinal at 12 noon, and the championship match is slated for 5:00 p.m. 

            Sullivan and junior Kathy Frankowski (Farmington, Conn.) shared team-high honors for PSU with three service aces apiece.  Frankowski and senior Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) each registered 11 digs, and junior Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) recorded 38 set assists.

            Sophomore setter Molly Rice (Sunapee, N.H.) led the Cadets with 10 assists, 10 digs and four kills.  Junior Lisset Magdaleno (Whittier, Calif.) and freshman April Byllaardt (Stormville, N.Y.) also had four kills apiece, and sophomore Alicia Chamness (Eugene, Ore.) contributed 15 digs. 

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