Panthers remain one match behind LEC co-leaders
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team defeated Eastern Connecticut State University in straight sets Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference match at Geissler Gymnasium.
Plymouth State improved to 16-11 overall and 4-1 in the Little East to remain one match behind conference co-leaders UMass Boston and Keene State. Eastern Conn., which won three straight LEC titles from 2005-07, dropped to 12-13 overall and 0-5 in conference play. The match was closer than the set scores indicate as PSU won 30-28, 25-23 and 27-25.
The Panthers survived set point in the first set, scoring the final three points after trailing 28-27. There were 16 ties in the first set. The Warriors led by four points, 20-16, before the Panthers used a 5-1 run to surge in front, 22-21.
Eastern also led late in the second set, taking a 23-21 advantage before PSU scored the final four points. Plymouth State didn’t lead in the second set until 24-23 while the Warriors led by as many as six, 18-12.
PSU closed out the win by scoring the final two points to snap a 25-all tie. The Warriors led, 12-8, and needed only one point to take the set with a 24-23 lead.
Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) and Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) combined for 23 kills for the winners, Stoodley leading players on both teams with 12. Danielle Stoodley (Salem, NH) totaled 21 digs and Casey Stoodley 15. Sarah Cody (Holliston, MA) collected 37 assists and Morin and Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) combined for seven blocks.
Samantha Slonski (Griswold, Conn.) led Eastern with 11 kills, and added 10 digs and 17 assists. Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, Calif.) contributes eight kills and three blocks, freshman Erynn Miller (Stratford, Conn.) seven kills and 14 digs, and Gianna Trombino (East Moriches, N.Y.) five.
Eastern visits UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday in a Little East match at 7 p.m., while PSU hosts UMass Boston at 6 p.m. in a re-match of last year’s LEC title match.
(Courtesy of Eastern Conn. Sports Information)
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