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WestConn downs PSU Volleyball in LEC opener

Stoodleys post top numbers for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Paxton Thornton smashed 20 kills Saturday afternoon as Western Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State University in four sets in the Little East Conference women's volleyball opener for both schools at Foley Gymnasium.

            The Colonials pulled out the first two sets (25-20 and 25-19) before PSU got on the board with a 25-20 victory in the third.  WestConn put the match away with a hard-fought 27-25 decision in the fourth and final set.  The Colonials stretch their winning streak to five, improving to 9-1 overall, while the Panthers drop to 4-5.

            The first set was tied at 20-20 before WestConn pulled out the set with five unanswered points.  The Colonials took a big advantage in set number two, leading 19-7.  PSU rallied to pull to with five points but WestConn held on to take a 2-0 lead in sets.

            PSU came to life in the third set and made a match of it with a five-point decision, but the Colonials finished off the match with a 27-25 verdict in the fourth set.

            In addition to Thornton, freshman Nina Wojtkiewicz added 11 kills and freshman Jennifer Hogan racked up 41 assists. Senior Kelley Collins led the defense with 28 digs.

            Junior Casey Stoodley led the Panthers with 20 kills and senior Danielle Stoodley topped the team with 25 digs. Senior Meghan Sullivan added nine kills and sophomore Cassie Pelton contributed 17 digs.  Senior setter Sarah Cady finished with 39 assists.

            The Panthers are home again Tuesday, hosting Rivier College at 6:00 p.m. Western Connecticut heads to Trinity College to face the Bantams on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. 

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