BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team captured the 2009 Bridgewater State College Halloween Classic Saturday afternoon, winning two more 3-0 matches to complete the tournament with a 4-0 record.
The Panthers knocked off Framingham State in Saturday's first contest, 25-8, 25-14, 25-14, and came back to down Worcester State, 25-22, 25-10, 25-16. The Panthers, who swept Bridgewater State and Mass. Maritime in Friday night's matches, complete the regular season with a sparkling 29-4 overall record, with three regular season tournament titles.
Senior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after recording 42 kills, 12 blocks and seven service aces in the four matches. She made 10 kills and five blocks in Saturday's win over Framingham State and added 13 kills and four blocks in the victory over Worcester State.
Senior Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.) and sophomore Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.) each chipped in with eight kills in PSU's victory over Framingham State, and Newton recorded 11 kills against Worcester State. Sophomore Alex Avery (Milton, N.H.) and junior Kelsey Petty (Salem, N.H.) registered 15 and 11 digs, respectively.
Plymouth State ended up in second place in the Little East Conference regular season standings with a 6-1mark. PSU and regular season champion UMass Boston (7-0) will both receive a first-round bye in the LEC Tournament and advance to the semifinals next Friday (Nov. 6) at UMB. PSU will face the winner of Tuesday's first round match between #6 Eastern Connecticut and #3 Western Connecticut at 6:00 p.m., and UMB will meet the winner of Tuesday's match between #5 Rhode Island College and #4 Keene State at 4:00 p.m..
The LEC Championship match will be at UMB on Saturday at 12 noon, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Division Tournament.
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