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September 3, 2011

PSU Volleyball finishes runner-up at Springfield Inv.

Panthers win twice on Saturday 

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team posted 3-1 victories over Roger Williams University and Westfield State University Saturday afternoon, finishing the Springfield College Women's Volleyball Invitational with a 3-1 record and a second-place finish.

            PSU used the same style to win both matches on Saturday, winning the opening set, dropping the second, and putting the victory away with wins in sets three and four.  The Panthers defeated Roger Williams 25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, and came back with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 verdict over Westfield State.  The tournament was won by host Springfield, which went 4-0 and made a successful debut under coach Moira Long, who was PSU's coach the past 13 years.

            It was another outstanding day for PSU junior Casey Stoodley, who was named to the All-Tournament Team.  She pounded out 17 kills and three service aces in the win over Roger Williams, and added 16 kills and four aces against Westfield.  Stoodley averaged more than four kills per set in the tournament with a .271 attack percentage and 11 service aces.

            Sophomore Allie Jones also contributed 11 kills for PSU against RWU, and senior Meghan Sullivan and sophomore Kaitlyn Tedeschi each added nine.  Senior setter Sarah Cady recorded 41 assists, and senior Danielle Stoodley led the defense with 19 digs.  Jones and Tedeschi registered eight kills apiece in the win over Westfield, and Cady helped out with 38 assists. 

            PSU will be in tournament action again next weekend, competing in the Endicott College Invitational in Beverly, Mass. 

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