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PSU Volleyball finishes runner-up at JWU Fall Classic

Stoodley named All-Tourn. after two more Panther wins 

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team finished in second place out of eight teams this weekend in the annual Johnson & Wales University Fall Classic after capturing two more victories Saturday afternoon at the Harborside Recreation Center.

            The Panthers defeated Smith College three in a row (25-10, 25-23, 25-20) in the first match Saturday, and outlasted host Johnson & Wales in five sets (25-14, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-12) in the second match.  PSU finished the two-day event with a 3-1 overall record for a runner-up finish among eight teams.  Springfield College captured the championship with a 4-0 tourney record, including a win over Plymouth State Friday night, and host Johnson & Wales finished third with a 3-2 mark.

            The two victories for Plymouth State also give head coach Moira Long career win No. 300.  Now in her 13th season at PSU and 14th overall, Long has a career coaching record of 300-169.

Danielle Stoodley             Junior defensive specialist Danielle Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) was Plymouth State’s representative on the All-Tournament Team.  Stoodley (right) averaged 4.4 digs per set in the two-day affair, including a season-high 23 digs in Friday night’s win over Mount Holyoke, and a team-high 19 digs against Johnson & Wales.

            Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) had another strong day for the Panthers.  She pounded out 40 kills in the tournament, including 12 in Saturday’s win over Johnson & Wales, and she also recorded 39 digs and eight service aces.  Other top performances for PSU on Saturday included junior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.), who had a team-high 13 kills against JWU; and freshman Allie Jones (Canton, Mass.), who recorded nine kills against both JWU and Smith.

            PSU, 11-7 overall, returns to Little East Conference play this Tuesday with a visit to Keene State College (6:00 p.m.) 

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