Panthers move into tie for first with key victory
BOSTON, Mass. – With three players recording at least 10 kills and a team hitting percentage of .337, the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team upset 18th-ranked and Little East Conference favorite University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-0, Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
The Panthers won by set scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-21, defeating the defending LEC champions for the first time since 2007. PSU improves to 20-9 overall and 5-1 in the Little East while UMB drops to 22-4 overall and 5-1 in the conference. There is a three-way tie atop the LEC standings between PSU, UMB and Keene State College, each with a 5-1 record with one LEC match remaining.
Tuesday's outcome marked the end of UMB's 35-match home winning streak, dating back to September of 2008, which was also the Beacons' last LEC setback.
Junior Casey Stoodley led the Panthers with 14 kills, followed by sophomore Allie Jones and senior Meghan Sullivan with 10 each. Senior Sarah Cady tallied 36 assists for the Panthers, and senior Danielle Stoodley recorded a team-high 14 digs.
The Beacons offense struggled to find their usual rhythm against the Panthers, finishing with a .195 attack percentage. Junior Shannon Thompson was the only Beacon to record double-figures in kills with 10. Senior Molly Rattigan and sophomore Brooke Nemethy each finished with seven kills, while senior Cassy Hanneman recorded 25 assists for the Beacons.
PSU plays its final LEC match Saturday at noon against Rhode Island College at Foley Gymnasium. The Panthers will also host Worcester State University Saturday at 3:00 p.m., with Senior Day recognition taking place prior to the match.
UMB hosts LEC co-leader Keene State in a pivotal LEC match on Thursday.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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