Raiders down Panthers for first time
NASHUA, N.H. – The Rivier College women’s volleyball team defeated Plymouth State University in straight sets Tuesday evening, marking the first career victory over the Panthers in 10 meetings over the past 15 years.
The Raiders won by scores of 25-15, 25-17, and 25-23, improving their record to 5-6 on the season. Rivier also snapped a decade-long winless streak against a Granite State foe last week by defeating Colby-Sawyer College, 3-1. PSU fell to 7-5 on the season.
The Raiders offense ran on all cylinders hitting for a season high .349 percentage as setter Lauren Saccoccio (Warwick, R.I.) distributed the ball well and dished out 30 assists. Sophomore Kenna Finlayson (Derry, N.H.) put down a team high 14 kills and middle hitters Nicole Rodriquez (Newton, Mass.) and Nicole Peacock (Warwick, RI) combined for 14 kills and six blocks.
Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) led the Panthers with eight kills and 12 digs while junior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) added six kills and two blocks. Junior Alex Avery (Milton, N.H./Nute) added nine digs in the setback.
Rivier jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first set and never relinquished the advantage. The Panthers closed to within five points only once before the Raiders cruised to the 25-15 victory. Set two saw the Panthers start to show a little more life than the previous set, but it wasn’t long before errors once again hit hard. A close game in the beginning slowly got out of reach for the Panthers as a three-point margin at 16-13 quickly turned to a 20-14 advantage by the Raiders who were able to close the set out at 25-17 to take the 2-0 lead in the match.
Set three saw the Panthers jump out to an early lead and extended it to 12-7. But the Raiders clawed back into the match and tied the set at 14-14. The set was then tied again at 17-17, 19-19, 21-21, and 23-23 before a kill by Peacock and a strong serve by Finlayson helped the Raiders grab the final two points and win the match 3-0.
Plymouth State returns home and will host UMass Dartmouth and Colby-Sawyer College in a round robin Saturday at Foley Gymnasium. Rivier will travel to Keene State College on Thursday.
(Courtesy of Rivier Sports Information)
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