Panthers make successful return for Coach Kilmer
WINOOSKI, Vt. – It was a successful return to Saint Michael's College Wednesday evening for Plymouth State University women's volleyball coach Chris Kilmer, as PSU swept the Purple Knights in three sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23, in non-conference action in the Ross Sports Center.
The Panthers pulled out the match for Coach Kilmer, who spent the last six years at SMC, including the last three as head coach. Junior Casey Stoodley led the way, notching a double-double of 14 kills and 13 digs. PSU won its third in a row to improve to 15-8, while Saint Michael's slipped to 13-9. Both teams were playing their second match in as many nights.
The teams stood tied at 10 in the opening set before the Panthers used a 10-1 run to take control. The Purple Knights were within 13-11 in the second set prior to the visitors collecting 12 of the final 19 points. The third set saw 15 ties and five lead changes, including a Purple Knight service ace that made it 23-23 before Plymouth State scored the final two points.
Junior middle hitters Samantha Clairemont and sophomore Chelsey Covitz combined for 23 kills for SMC, with Covitz tallying a team-best 14 to go along with three blocks. Junior Katie Walsh notched 11 digs, and juniors Courtney Dunne and Tracy Peterka had nine and eight digs, respectively.
Both teams will be in Western Massachusetts on Saturday for a pair of matches. PSU faces Smith College and Mount Holyoke College in the LEC/NEWMAC Challenge at Smith, while the Purple Knights tangle with a pair of 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifiers American International College and C.W. Post at AIC.
(Courtesy of Saint Michael's Sports Information)
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