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Women’s Volleyball outlasts Colby-Sawyer in five sets

Stoodley tops 1,000 career kills in Panther victory

            NEW LONDON, N.H. – Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) eclipsed the 1,000 career kills mark with a match-high 17 winners Tuesday evening in a Plymouth State University women's volleyball team's 3-2 win over Colby-Sawyer College at Coffin Field House.

            Plymouth State, which won by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 19-25, 21-25 and 15-12, won its third straight match to improve to 6-8 on the season, while Colby-Sawyer dips to 5-8.


            Stoodley eclipsed the 1,000 kill plateau in just her third year at PSU, becoming the sixth player in the program's 17-year history to reach the lofty mark. She finished the match with 17 to give her 1008 for her career. Stoodley added a match-best 26 digs and seven aces.

            Senior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) added 11 kills, while junior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) chipped in nine for the Panthers. Freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) collected a match-high 41 assists to go along with nine digs and six kills.

            The Chargers were led by a 15-kill performance from junior Courtney O'Hara (Mystic, Conn.). She added 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore Jackie Keating (Marshfield, Mass.) had nine kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Stephanie Vecchio (Shelter Island, N.Y.) had a match-high five blocks. Freshman setter Laura Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) contributed a double-double of 32 assists and 12 digs.

            The first set featured six ties before the Panthers separated themselves with a 7-2 run to win by a nine-point margin. The Panthers jumped out to an 11-1 run in set two, but the Chargers clawed their way back to cut the deficit to three at 19-16. Plymouth won the set after a 6-2 run.

            Colby-Sawyer forced a fourth game after securing a 25-19 win in the third set, which ended on a 5-0 run. The fourth set was back and forth with no team gaining an advantage larger than four points. Leading by one at 22-21, the Chargers were able to stay alive in the match with a pair of kills and a Plymouth attack error.

            The fifth set contained six ties and four lead changes. With the set tied at 11-11, Colby-Sawyer had two errors and Plymouth added a pair of kills to win the match.

            Plymouth State made 15 service aces in the match.

            Colby-Sawyer will host Rivier on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Plymouth travels to Providence, R.I. this weekend to play four matches at the Johnson & Wales Fall Classic. 

(Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information) 

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