Panthers fall to Springfield & Stevens
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team went to the fifth set in a pair of matches Friday evening at the Tom Hay Invitational, hosted by Springfield College, but suffered defeats in both contests.
The Panthers went down to host and 20th-ranked Springfield in the opener, losing 15-11 in the fifth set. PSU had pulled out the first set, 30-28, while the Pride, who are led by former PSU coach Moira Long, took sets two and three (25-16 and 25-18). Springfield had a chance to win it in four, but PSU rallied from a 23-20 deficit to force a fifth set with a 26-24 verdict in the fourth.
After the tough loss to the undefeated (19-0) Pride, Plymouth State won the first two sets against Stevens Institute of Technology, 25-23 and 25-16. The Stevens Ducks (12-14), who were playing their first match of the tournament, came back to tie match with 25-21 and 26-24 triumphs in the third and fourth sets, and pulled out the victory with a 15-8 verdict in the fifth and decisive set.
The outcomes stopped PSU's eight-match winning streak as the Panthers drop to 12-7 overall. The Panthers are the first team to force Springfield to a fifth set this season.
Senior Meghan Sullivan led the Panthers with 13 kills and just one attack error in the Springfield match. Sophomore Allie Jones added 12 kills and junior Casey Stoodley contributed a double-double with 12 kills and 17 digs. Senior setter Sarah Cady recorded 50 assists.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Tedeschi topped the Panthers with nine kills against Stevens, with Stoodley, Jones and Sullivan adding eight kills apiece. Cady continued her distributing and wound up with 39 assists.
Senior libero Danielle Stoodley recorded more than 20 digs in both matches, making 23 against Springfield and 21 vs. Stevens.
PSU plays two more matches in the tournament on Saturday, facing SUNY New Paltz at 12:30 p.m. and Westfield State at 3:00 p.m.
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