PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team continued its undefeated season Tuesday evening with a three-set victory over Rivier College in non-conference action at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers won by scores of 25-16, 26-24, and 28-26. The highlight for the home team was coming back from a 24-18 deficit in the middle set with eight unanswered points. Rivier staged a rally in the third set, coming back from down 20-10 to tie it at 24-24, but PSU pulled out the final set and the match.
PSU extends its perfect record to 12-0 on the season, making it the second-best start to a season in the program's 14-year history. The 1996 Panthers began their inaugural season 20-0. Rivier gave a strong battle but drops to 4-8.
Senior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) continued her strong play for the Panthers; the current Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week smashed 19 kills and three blocks to lead the way. Classmate Megan Elliott (West Haven, Conn.) chipped in with seven kills. Senior setter Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) contributed 32 set assists, and classmate Kathy Frankowski (Farmington, Conn.) recorded a team-high 13 digs.
Freshman Kenna Finlayson (Derry, N.H.) led the Raiders with nine kills, while senior Lindsay Chace (East Providence, R.I.) added six kills and two blocks. Sophomore setter Lauren Saccoccio (Warwick, R.I.) registered 16 assists and sophomore Danielle Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) led the defense with 21 digs.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a round-robin at Foley Gym with Western Connecticut State University and the University of Southern Maine. Rivier returns home to host Keene State on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
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