Panthers down WestConn after loss to MIT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) recorded 23 kills and 21 digs in the late match Friday night to lift Plymouth State University to a 3-2 victory over Western Connecticut State University, giving the Panthers a split of their first two matches in the annual Johnson & Wales Fall Classic at the Harborside RAC.
PSU was swept 3-0 in the opener by MIT, which is ranked sixth in New England, 25-12, 25-16, and 25-21. The Panthers came back against WestConn, winning the first and fourth sets and clinching the victory with a15-13 decision in the fifth. PSU avenged a loss to Western Connecticut in the conference match earlier this month.
MIT posted a 2-0 record on day one of the tournament while Johnson & Wales and Plymouth State each had a 1-1 mark and Western Connecticut was 0-2. The Panthers will play host Johnson & Wales on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. to round out pool play, with a fourth match slated for 1:00 p.m.
Stoodley was again the heart of the Panther offense with 33 kills in the two matches. She also added three service aces and three blocks in the win over WestConn. Senior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H./ North) and junior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) also reached double figures in kills for PSU with 14 and 12, respectively, while junior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) was a strong contributor with 15 digs. Freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 40 assists for the third time this season.
Stoodley managed to reach double figures in kills against MIT with 10, but Tedeschi was next highest with four. Pelton had a team-high seven digs.
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