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Volleyball drops two more at Endicott Tourney

Panthers host home opener on Tuesday

            BEVERLY, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team took two more matches on the chin Saturday at the Endicott College Invitational, dropping a pair of four-set matches to Middlebury College and Gallaudet University.

            PSU fell to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Middlebury, 25-21, 25-8, 22-25, and 25-14, the third straight setback to a NESCAC school. The final match of the tournament saw the Panthers fall to Gallaudet, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18, and 26-24.  PSU wound up 0-4 in the tournament.

            It was another strong day for senior outside hitter Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.), who was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Panthers after posting a pair of double-doubles.  She recorded 19 kills and 13 digs in the Middlebury match, and came back with 18 kills and 17 digs against Gallaudet.  Stoodley recorded double digits in both kills and digs in three of the four matches in the tournament, and now has four double-doubles in seven matches this season.

            Senior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H./ North) chipped in with nine kills against Gallaudet after Morin and sophomore Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) made eight kills each against Middlebury.  Morin also made five blocks in the two matches.  Junior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) reached double-digits in digs in both matches with 11 against Middlebury and 13 vs. Gallaudet, and freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H./Notre Dame, Mass.) totaled 65 assists in the two matches.

            After seven matches away from Plymouth to start the season, PSU (1-6) returns home for the first match of the season at Foley Gym Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. against Saint Michael's College, PSU Coach Chris Kilmer's former school.

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