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PSU Women’s Volleyball moves to 4-0

(Game Box vs. Ramapo) (Game Box vs. Simmons)

            BOSTON, Mass. - Plymouth State University and Emerson College won both of their matches Saturday to finish the 2009 Emerson/Wentworth Women's Volleyball Invitational with an unblemished 4-0 record. The two-day tournament featured nine institutions who competed in four matches apiece at both Emerson College and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

            Plymouth State won both of its matches Saturday by 3-0 scores, defeating Ramapo College and Simmons College.  The Panthers swept all four of their matches on the weekend.  Senior middle hitter Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) was PSU's representative on the All-Tournament Team after leading the team in kills in all four contests.

            The Panthers will be back in tournament action next weekend, hosting the Days Inn of Campton Tournament at Foley Gymnasium on Friday and Saturday.

            PSU began Saturday with a victory over Ramapo, winning 25-20, 25-19, and 25-22.  The Panthers received a 16-kill, four-block performance from Badeau, while senior Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) dished out 33 assists.  Defensively junior Kelsey Petty (Salem, N.H.) and sophomore Alex Avery (Milton, N.H.) led the way with 17 and 14 digs, respectively.  The Roadrunners were paced by sophomore Kayla Anders (Harrington Park, N.J.), who had nine kills and hit .500, while sophomore Tiffany Fischer (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) had 23 assists.

                Plymouth State completed the afternoon with a 3-0 defeat of Simmons.  Badeau had 10 kills and four blocks while Kleckner added 24 assists.  Defensively, Avery and Petty had 12 and 11 digs, repectively.  Simmons, which finished tournament play at 1-3 and fell to 1-4 on the season, received eight digs and 16 digs from sophomore Meaghan Flynn (Laguna Beach, Calif.).

            In other matches, Emerson opened play with a 3-0 win over FDU-Florham and followed with a 3-1 decision over Salve Regina.  FDU-Florham completed tournament play with a 3-1 mark after defeating Salve Regina, 3-0.  Ramapo closed out tournament play with a 2-2 record after defeating Simmons, 3-1.  Wentworth picked up its first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Hamilton, who picked up their first tournament win with a thrilling, five-set win over Framingham State.  Wentworth evened its record to 2-2 with a 3-1 win over Framingham State.

                An individual from each institution was selected to the all-tournament team.  Nominations came from that player's head coach as well as the head coach of the opposing team for that match.  The team is listed below:


School                              Player (Class, Position, Hometown)

Emerson                           Lauren Zaniboni (Jr., MH, San Diego, Calif.)

FDU-Florham                    Kerry Kuperman (Jr., S, North Merrick, N.Y.)

Framingham State            Ashley Trudeau (Jr., OH, Rockland, Mass.)

Hamilton                            Amanda Cohen (Fr., OH, Port Washington, N.Y.)

Plymouth State                 Eliza Badeau (Sr., MH, Foster, R.I.)

Ramapo                            Kayla Anders (So., MB, Harrington Park, N.J.)

Salve Regina                    Brittney Canaff (Paramus, N.J.)

Simmons                           Kate Fionte (So., OH, Andover, Mass.)

Wentworth                         Julie Bruton (So., MB, Montgomery, Texas)


(Courtesy of Wentworth Sports Information) 

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