Stoodley reaches another milestone for Panthers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Saturday at the Tom Hay Invitational, hosted by Springfield College. The Panthers were defeated by eventual tournament champion New Paltz (N.Y.) in pool play Saturday morning, 3-1, and by host Springfield in the semifinals Saturday afternoon, 3-0.
New Paltz defeated Colby-Sawyer College, 3-1, in the other semifinal match, and then downed Springfield for the championship, 3-2. PSU fell to New Paltz by scores of 25-21, 12-25, 25-12 and 25-15, while Springfield defeated the Panthers 25-12, 25-12, and 25-12. PSU, which defeated Westfield State University in Friday's pool play match, completes the weekend at 8-14 overall.
It was another outstanding day for PSU senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.), who was Plymouth State's representative on the All-Tournament Team. Stoodley smashed 16 kills while collecting 18 digs in the match against New Paltz and added 10 kills and 10 digs against Springfield. Stoodley has reached double figures in both kills and digs in 15 of 22 matches this season.
In addition, Stoodley became the 11th player in school history to go over the 1,000 career digs mark in Saturday's first match, just 11 days after recording her 1,000th career kill. Stoodley is only the fourth player in the program's 17-year history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, joining Carin LaValley (1999-03), Kelly Landry (2002-05), and Becky Ciulla (2003-05).
Stoodley got help from her teammates against New Paltz, as freshman Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I.) made six kills and junior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) chipped in with four kills and four blocks. Freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) recorded 28 set assists, and Perrotta, junior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) and sophomore Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) all reached double digits in digs.
Sophomore Becca Gosselin (Bedford, N.H.) supported Stoodley against Springfield with six kills, and Perrotta was good for 18 assists.
PSU returns to Little East Conference play on Tuesday, hosting the University of Southern Maine at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium.
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