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PSU Volleyball defeated by Keene in ECAC Semifinal

Panthers fall despite big match from Stoodleys

            BEVERLY, Mass. – Second-seeded Keene State College defeated third-seeded Plymouth State University, three-sets-to-one, Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2010 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Women’s Volleyball Tournament, hosted by top-seeded Endicott College.

            The two teams split the first two sets, Keene State winning the first 25-19 and Plymouth State answering with a 25-20 decision in the second.  The Owls pulled out a tight third set, 25-21, and clinched the verdict with a 25-19 win in the fourth set.  KSC went on to defeat Endicott in the championship match, 3-1.  PSU, which had advanced to the ECAC title game the past two seasons, completes the 2010 campaign with a 19-14 overall record.

            Sophomore Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) turned in another exceptional performance for the Panthers, recording her 17th double-double of the season with a team-high 16 kills and 18 digs.  Junior libero Danielle Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) also made 18 digs and a team-high three service aces, and senior Kelsey Petty (Salem, N.H.) and junior Sarah Cady (Holliston, Mass.) added 15 and 14 digs, respectively, as PSU kept numerous Owls attack attempts alive.  Freshman Allie Jones (Canton, Mass.) joined Casey Stoodley on the offense for PSU with 13 kills, and Cady finished with 35 assists.

            Kristen Girard led the Owls with 15 kills, and Bridget O’Brien chipped in with nine.  Jamie Levine registered a team-high 24 digs. 

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