Panthers earn top seed in upcoming LEC Tournament
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team defeated Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon in a tri-match at Foley Gymnasium, 3-1, to capture a share of the Little East Conference regular season championship.
The Panthers downed the Anchorwomen to start the day, 25-12, 25-18, 21-25, 25-10. RIC bounced back with a 3-1 non-conference victory over Worcester State University (24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-11), and PSU finished off the day with a 3-1 verdict over WSU (25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-11).
PSU wraps up the regular season with a 22-9 overall record and a 6-1 mark in conference play. RIC winds up at 16-12 overall and 2-5 in the LEC and Worcester State is 12-16. The Panthers finish in a tie for first in the LEC with UMass Boston, but the Panthers earn the top seed in next week's LEC Tournament based on PSU's head-to-head win over UMB last Tuesday in Boston.
It is PSU's first LEC regular season championship since the Panthers also shared the titles in 2004 and 2005.
PSU used a balanced attack to down RIC, with five players recording at least five kills. Junior Casey Stoodley led the way with eight, followed by senior Meghan Sullivan with seven, junior Elissa Morin and sophomore Allie Jones with six, and freshman Becca Gosselin with five. Jones also registered five service aces, and senior Danielle Stoodley collected a team-high 14 digs.
Casey Stoodley and Allie Jones came back to combined for 25 kills in the win over the Lancers. Sullivan added eight kills and Jones chipped in with seven and Danielle Stoodley topped the team with 17 digs and four service aces.
It was also Senior Day at Foley Gym, and PSU recognized its four seniors who were playing in their final regular season home matches. The four seniors are Danielle Stoodley, Meaghan Sullivan, Sarah Cady and Alex Avery.
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