BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team is in first place after day one action at the 2009 Bridgewater State College Halloween Classic. The Panthers are 2-0 at the tournament with 3-0 wins over both Bridgewater State and Mass. Maritime Academy.
BSC, Framingham State College and Worcester State College are all 1-1, followed by Mass. Maritime which is 0-2. The host Bears defeated Framingham, 3-0, but lost to tournament leader Plymouth State. The Panthers improved to 27-4 on the season while BSC is now 7-19 and MMA 0-24.
The highlight of the evening for PSU was provided by senior Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.), who became the school's all-time assist leader in the first set of the first match against Bridgewater. She surpassed the mark of 4,118 assists accomplished by Amanda Bagwell from 2002-05. Kleckner (right), who is ranked 21st in the nation in assists per set, upped her career total to 4,182.
Senior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) led the Panthers in the opening-match win over the host Bears. Badeau, who leads the nation in hitting percentage and ranks seventh in kills per set, finished with 15 kills and a .535 attack percentage. She also chipped in with three service aces and three blocks. Badeau got strong support from senior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.), who had 11 kills and a .647 percentage, and sophomore Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.), who added eight kills and 10 digs.
Sophomore libero Alex Avery (Milton, N.H.) topped the defense with 16 digs and senior Kathy Frankowski's (Farmington, Conn.) chipped in with 10.
Sullivan led the Panthers in the win over Mass Maritime with 12 kills, while Avery had 10 digs and seven service aces. Some of the Panther reserves got extra playing time against the winless Buccaneers, and sophomore Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) led the way with five kills.
The remainder of the tournament will take place on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Tinsley Center. PSU will meet Framingham State at 12 noon and Worcester State at 2:00 p.m. This will wrap of the regular season for PSU.
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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