NEW LONDON, N.H. - Plymouth State University handed Colby-Sawyer College its first loss of the season Wednesday evening with a 3-0 verdict in the Chargers' home opener. The Panthers won by scores of 25-22, 27-25, and 25-21. The Chargers fall to 4-1 on the season, while Plymouth State remains perfect at 9-0 and has yet to drop a single set.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set and did not look back. After the Chargers got back within two points at 24-22, senior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) connected on her third kill of the set to give Plymouth State a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.) led the Panthers with four first set kills, while the Chargers kept it close with six kills from junior Michelle Doody (Franklin, Mass.).
The second set featured 12 ties and four lead changes. Badeau tied the score at 20-20 with her only service ace of the match. The set would be tied at 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 before a kill by Sullivan and a Colby-Sawyer attacking error gave the Panthers a 27-25 win. Senior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.) had four kills in the set to lead the Panthers.
The third set was close throughout and was tied at 16-16. A 9-5 run by Plymouth State sealed the win and the sweep.
Sullivan finished with a double-double (12 kills, 13 digs), while Badeau contributed 10 kills. Senior Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) had a match-high 37 assists. Sophomore Alex Avery (Milton, N.H.) had a team-high 17 digs.
Doody led all players with 16 kills and added 14 digs. Senior Mickey Lapan (Medway, Mass.) recorded a match-high 25 digs. Senior Meg White (Monroe, Conn.) tallied eight kills and 10 digs.
Plymouth State, ranked ninth in this week's New England poll, opens Little East Conference play this Saturday with an LEC round-robin at Rhode Island College (2:00 p.m.) Colby-Sawyer begins a six-match road streak on Thursday with a 7:00 pm start at Rivier.
(Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information)
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