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UMass Boston too strong for PSU Women’s Volleyball

Panthers fall to top team in New England

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) and freshman Corinne Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) combined for 24 kills Tuesday evening as the University of Massachusetts Boston defeated Plymouth State University in straight sets in a Little East Conference women’s volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.

            The Panthers kept the match close but could not take a set from the Beacons, the defending conference champions who are ranked No. 1 in the New England Women’s Volleyball Association’s weekly poll. UMB won by set scores of 28-26, 25-20 and 25-23, posting its fifth straight win and improving to 23-2 overall and 6-0 in LEC matches.  PSU, which lost to UMB in last season’s LEC championship match, dropped to 16-12 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

            Thompson recorded 13 kills for the Beacons while Porter added 10 and junior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) chipped in with nine. Thompson also contributed a team-high 12 digs, while sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished with 10 digs.  Junior Casey Hanneman (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, Alaska) shared setting duties, finishing with 19 and 12 assists, respectively.

PSU Volleyball Senior Night at Foley Gymnasium.

            Freshman Allie Jones (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) led the way for the Panthers, Jones with a team-high 12 kills and Stoodley with her 14th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 14 digs.  Junior libero Danielle Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) recorded a team-leading 15 digs, and junior setter Sarah Cady (Holliston, Mass.) contributed 12 digs and 32 assists.

            It was both Senior Night (right) and “Dig Pink” night at Foley Gym, as PSU recognized senior Kelsey Petty (Salem, N.H.) before the match and both teams wore pink as part of their uniforms before and during the match in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

            The first set was tight all the way.  It was tied at 21-all, and neither team won two in a row until the Beacons pulled out the match with two straight points with the scored tied at 26-apiece.  The visitors went ahead 13-9 in the second set and never relinquished the lead.  PSU stayed within four points until the Beacons pulled ahead 24-18 and finally won, 25-20. 

            The third set was close just like the previous two.  The teams were tied at 17-17 when the Beacons rattled off four straight points.  PSU tallied four of the next five points to pull to within one at 22-21, and the teams traded the next four points to give UMB match point, which they won on a Panther attack error.

            PSU wraps up the regular season on Saturday with an LEC match at Rhode Island College.  UMB will face Keene State on Thursday for the Little East regular season title. 

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