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PSU Volleyball splits two at JWU Fall Classic

Panthers down Mount Holyoke after loss to Springfield 

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team posted a 1-1 record Friday evening in the annual Johnson & Wales University Fall Classic at the Horborside Recreation Center.

            The Panthers were defeated in their first match by Springfield College in three sets (25-15, 25-20, and 25-15), but rebounded with a 3-1 victory (17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-11) over Mount Holyoke College.  PSU and fellow Little East Conference schools Western Connecticut State University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth all finished the evening with 1-1 records, while host JWU went 2-0 and Springfield was 1-0.

            Springfield, ranked No. 3 in New England, improved to 15-2 overall with its victory over Plymouth State.  Heather Lively led the Pride with 11 kills, and Meaghan Hart recorded 14 digs.  Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) topped the Panthers with seven kills and six digs while junior setter Sarah Cady (Holliston, Mass.) finished with 20 assists and five digs.

            Stoodley and Cady also provided the highlights for PSU in the win over Mount Holyoke, Stoodley with 12 kills and eight digs and Cady with 12 digs and 24 assists.  Morgan Cooley made nine kills for the Lyons.

            PSU, 9-7 overall, plays two more matches in the tournament on Saturday, facing Smith College at 12 noon and host JWU at 2:00 p.m. 

(Courtesy of Johnson & Wales Sports Information)

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