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September 25, 2010

PSU Women’s Volleyball splits two home matches

Panthers down UMD in LEC match, but fall to Colby-Sawyer 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, defeating the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-0, in a Little East Conference match, but falling to Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference clash, 3-1.  UMD also outlasted CSC in the middle match, 3-2.

            PSU handed UMD its first loss of the season in the day’s first match, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-11.  The Corsairs came back to edge Colby-Sawyer in the middle match of the day, winning 15-13 in the fifth set, and the Chargers finished off the day with the 3-1 triumph over PSU (25-13, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20).  All three teams finished the day at 1-1, while PSU is now 8-6 overall and 2-0 in LEC matches, UMD is now 12-1 overall and 1-1 in the LEC, and Colby-Sawyer is 8-5 overall.

            Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) smashed 12 kills and freshman Shannon Vaughn (Farmington, N.H.) added nine kills for PSU in the victory over UMD.  Freshman Allie Jones (Canton, Mass.) chipped in with eight kills and junior libero Alex Avery (Milton, N.H./Nute) recorded a team-high 13 digs.  Junior Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, Mass.) led the Corsairs with seven kills while senior Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, Conn.) added five kills and junior Suzanne Landry (Tiverton, R.I.) contributed three blocks.

            UMD won sets one and three against Colby-Sawyer only to see the Chargers come back and win the even-numbered sets before the Corsairs pulled it out in the fifth and decisive set.  Mastrocola finished with 17 kills, 13 digs and four blocks for UMD in the victory, and Tsaparakis added 10 kills.  Junior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, Mass.) recorded a team-high 18 digs.  Senior Michelle Doody (Franklin, Mass.) paced the Chargers with 19 kills and 14 digs, while classmate Stef Turner (Boxborough, Mass.) chipped in with 12 kills and six blocks.  Freshman Ally Le-Bruno (Medfield, Mass.) registered a team-high 38 digs, and junior Kristin Sawyer (Walpole, Mass.) contributed 40 set assists.

            Doody came back with 26 kills to lead Colby-Sawyer past Plymouth State in the finale of the day.  Turner added 12 kills and two blocks, while freshman Emilee McBride (Strafford, N.H.) made five blocks.  Stoodley recorded another double-double for PSU with 15 kills and 11 digs, while Jones finished with 11 kills and freshman Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) contributed four blocks.

            PSU is back in action next weekend at the Johnson & Wales Invitational in Providence, R.I.  UMass Dartmouth will host Lasell College on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. before competing in the Johnson & Wales Invitational, and Colby-Sawyer returns home to host Middlebury Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

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