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Volleyball drops pair at Endicott Invitational

Panthers fall to NESCAC foes Williams and Bowdoin

            BEVERLY, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team was on the short end of two matches Friday evening at the Endicott College Invitational, falling to a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes, the first in five sets and the second in three.

            PSU and Williams College went back and forth for two hours in the opener, with the Ephs pulling out a 3-2 victory, including a 15-13 verdict in the final set.  Final scores were 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 22-25, and15-13.  The Panthers then faced Bowdoin College, and the Polar Bears finished off a 3-0 victory, 25-22, 25-18, and 25-8. Bowdoin is coming off a 27-3 season that included the NESCAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament second-round appearance.

            Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I.) led the Panthers in the Williams match.  Stoodley posted 12 kills and a pair of service aces and also collected 20 digs, while Clark smashed 11 kills with a .474 attack percentage (11-2-19).  Senior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H./ North) added nine kills for the Panthers in the setback, and junior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) contributed a team-high 27 digs.  Freshman Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H./Notre Dame, Mass.) handled the setting duties and finished with 37 assists.

            Stoodley had another solid match against Bowdoin, recording 10 kills, a .280 attack percentage and nine digs, but the Polar Bears were too strong for the Panthers. Stoodley leads the Panthers with 2.72 kills per set this season.

            The Panthers will play two more matches at the Endicott Tournament on Saturday, facing another NESCAC foe Middlebury College at 10:00 a.m., and Gallaudet University at 2:00 p.m.  There are eight teams competing in the tournament. 

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