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September 18, 2012

Rivier pulls out win over PSU Women’s Volleyball

Panthers' two-set rally falls short

            NASHUA, N.H. – The Rivier University women's volleyball team held off a resilient squad from Plymouth State University Tuesday evening as the Raiders overcame a big deficit in the fifth set to steal the match, 3-2, in non-conference action at the Muldoon Center.

            Rivier took the first two sets and looked poised to take the clean sweep. However, Plymouth State battled back and was able to take sets three and four before holding a 7-2 lead in the fifth. The Raiders went on an improbable 13-5 run to earn the victory and improve to 7-3.

            Senior Kenna Finlayson (Derry, N.H.) was the leader for Rivier as she recorded 17 kills. Freshman Jackie Pisecco (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a career night as she added 12 kills and junior Nicole Peacock (Warwick, R.I.) had 11.

            Junior Jessica Amaral (East Providence, R.I.) was the defensive presence that Rivier needed as she made some incredible plays to keep the Raiders in the game, finishing with 16 digs. Freshman Emily O'Reilly (San Francisco, Calif.) contributed 42 assists in the win.

            Plymouth State was led by senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) and who made 18 kills and collected a season-high 29 digs. .  Freshman Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I./Coventry) added eight kills and freshman Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) recorded 31 assists and a team-high three service aces.

            Rivier travels to Keene State on Thursday night in its next match. Plymouth State, 3-8 overall, will host both UMass Dartmouth and UMaine Farmington in a tri-match on Saturday.

(Courtesy of Rivier Sports Information) 

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