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October 30, 2010

PSU Volleyball downs RIC in regular season finale

Stoodley sends Panthers into LEC Tourney on high note

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore outside hitter Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) led Plymouth State University with a match-high 12 kills Saturday afternoon as the Panthers defeated Rhode Island College, 3-0, in the Little East Conference women¹s volleyball regular season finale for both schools at The Murray Center.

            The Panthers wrap up the regular season with a 17-12 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the LEC.  PSU will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Little East Tournament and will host the sixth-seeded Anchorwomen (13-17, 2-5 LEC) in first round action on Tuesday at Foley Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.

            Plymouth State dominated the match, which took just over an hour to complete. After a close first set win (25-20), the visitors never looked back with decisive (25-8, 25-10) victories in the final two frames.

            Freshman middle hitter Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, RI) and classmate outside hitter Shannen Vaughn (Farmington, N.H.) were accurate hitters on the day. Tedeschi hit .636 (8-1-11) with eight winners and three blocks. Vaughn hit .545 (6-0-11) with six kills.  Junior middle hitter Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) contributed five kills and senior setter Sarah Cady (Holliston, Mass.) dished out 30 assists.

            RIC middle blocker Tess Heidel (Warwick, RI), who was honored as the Anchorwomen¹s lone senior prior to the match, led the hosts with eight kills, two digs and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) posted five kills and a team-high six digs. 

 (Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information) 

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