PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was two more wins Friday night for the undefeated Plymouth State University women's volleyball team as the Panthers competed in the Johnson & Wales University Fall Classic.
Plymouth State and Western Connecticut State University each went 2-0 to top the field after day one, and host Johnson & Wales went 1-1. The Panthers defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in straight sets (25-12, 25-21, 25-6) in their opening match, and came back with a 3-1 victory (25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 26-24) over Johnson & Wales. The two-point JWU win in the second set was only the second set PSU has lost this season.
Ranked ninth in this week's New England Division III poll, PSU kept its perfect season intact, improving to 16-0 overall. UMass Dartmouth is now 10-4, and JWU is 9-11.
Senior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) had another strong night for the Panthers, recording 15 kills in the win over UMD and 21 kills and five blocks in the victory over JWU. Fellow senior co-captain Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) registered 35 assists against UMD and 40 vs. JWU. Senior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.) also contributed 13 kills and three blocks in the win over UMass Dartmouth, and sophomore Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.) added a double-double against JWU with 14 kills and 10 digs.
The round-robin tournament continues Saturday with two more matches for Plymouth State - against Western Connecticut at 10:00 a.m. and Suffolk at 12 noon. The tournament champion will be decided by the best record among the five teams.
(Courtesy of Johnson & Wales Sports Information)
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