Panthers earn first win for new coach Chris Kilmer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team gave new head coach Chris Kilmer a victory Friday evening in his first match on the Panther sideline, defeating the University of New England in the opening match of the Springfield College Invitational.
The Panthers cruised past UNE in straight sets, winning 25-17, 25-19 and 25-15, for Kilmer's first PSU win; Kilmer came to PSU last month after three years as head coach at Saint Michael's College. PSU dropped its second match of the evening to Springfield, 3-0, in what was no doubt an emotional contest on both benches. Springfield is coached by Moira Long, who was head coach at Plymouth State for 13 years before returning to her alma mater last spring.
Junior Casey Stoodley led the Panthers in the win over UNE with 15 kills and four service aces. Senior setter Sarah Cady recorded 22 assists, and senior Danielle Stoodley led the defense with 13 digs.
Casey Stoodley topped her squad again in the Springfield match with nine kills. She also had a team-high-tying 15 digs, the same as sister Danielle. Junior Elissa Morin finished with six kills.
Springfield had its way in the first game, winning 25-16. But in the second game, Plymouth State appeared to be on the verge of tying it up, leading 23-20. But SC tallied the last five points for the 25-23 win. In game #3, it was 18-all when SC closed it out with a 7-3 span to take it, 25-21.
PSU will play two more matches in tourney on Saturday, facing Roger Williams University at 12:30 p.m. and Westfield State University at 3:00 p.m.
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