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September 18, 2010

PSU Women’s Volleyball takes two in Connecticut

Panthers get past WestConn in LEC opener 

            DANBURY, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team won a pair of matches on Saturday, narrowly defeating Western Connecticut State University, 3-2, in the Little East Conference opener in its first match of the day and sweeping Saint Joseph College, 3-0, in a non-conference match to finish the day.  Both matches were played at WestConn’s Feldman Arena.

            In the day’s first match, WestConn took the first set by a score of 25-20, but Plymouth State overcame an early WestConn lead in the second set to dominate the remainder of the set to win 25-17, evening the match at one set apiece.

            Plymouth State controlled the early action in the third set, taking leads of 4-0 and 16-9.  WestConn fought back to even the score at 20-20 and held on down the stretch for a 25-23 win.   PSU again ran out to an early lead (5-1) in the fourth set, but the Colonials battled back to even the score at 10-10.  Plymouth State went on a 7-2 run for a 19-14 lead, and closed out the set with their second 25-17 victory.

            The fifth set remained close early, but WestConn pulled ahead to a 13-10 lead, prompting a Plymouth State time-out.  The Panthers stormed out of the break to take the next three points to tie the score at 13-13, but WestConn answered with a kill to earn match-point.  The Colonials would earn four more match-points, but Plymouth State had an answer each time.  Finally, with the score tied 20-20, Plymouth State earned a match-point of their own and served out the final point for a thrilling 3-2 conference victory.

            Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) led the Panthers with 19 kills and 19 digs, while junior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) added 13 kills and five blocks.  Junior Meghan Sullivan (Marlton, N.J.) and freshman Allie Jones (Canton, Mass.) contributed 11 kills each and junior Alex Avery (Milton, N.H./Nute) topped the team with 23 digs.

            Plymouth State rolled over St. Joseph in straight sets (25-13, 25-13, 25-7) in the second match of the day.  Freshmen Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) and Shannen Vaughn (Farmington, N.H.) recorded seven and six kills, respectively.

            PSU is now 7-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while WestConn is 11-2 overall and 0-1 in the Little East.  The Panthers are back on the court Tuesday with a visit to Rivier College (7:00 p.m.) 

(Courtesy of WestConn Sports Information) 

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