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Volleyball downs Saint Michael’s in home opener

Stoodley, Clark top Panthers in victory

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) recorded 16 kills and 25 digs Tuesday evening to lead the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Saint Michael's College in PSU's home opener at Foley Gymnasium.

            PSU captured the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-15, before the visitors came back to take the third set, 25-23.  The Purple Knights took a lead in the fourth set, but the Panthers rallied and pulled out a 25-21 decision in the fourth set to clinch the match.  PSU stopped a four-match losing skid, improving to 2-6 overall, while SMC fell to 3-2.

            Stoodley posted her fifth double-double of the season.  Freshman Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I./Coventry) also had a strong match for PSU, making eight kills with no errors in 10 attack attempts.  Sophomore Becca Gosselin (Bedford, N.H.) also collected seven kills for the Panthers, while freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 33 assists.  Junior libero Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) and Perrotta recorded 20 and 13 digs, respectively.

            Senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the Purple Knights with nine kills and 16 digs, and junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass.) chipped in with eight kills.  Senior Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded a team-high 17 digs, going over the 1,000-digs mark for her career (1,008).

            PSU travels to Western Connecticut this Saturday for the first Little East Conference match of the season, as well as a match against Lasell College.  SMC journeys to SUNY Plattsburgh this weekend for the Cardinal Classic. 

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