Freshmen Clark and Coon lead Panthers to Little East win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I.) and Kaitlyn Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) combined for 27 kills Tuesday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-20, 25-23) over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gym.
Clark smashed a match-high 15 kills on 20 attempts for a .600 attack percentage while Coon was good for 12 kills and a .407 hitting percentage. The two helped PSU stop a two-match losing skid and improve to 9-14 overall and 2-2 in the Little East, while USM suffered its fourth straight loss and dipped to 7-14 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
PSU led wire to wire in the first set as Clark posted six kills and Coon added five in the 25-16 win. The Huskies put up a stronger fight in the second set, pushing Plymouth to the brink before falling 25-20. Coon and senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) made four kills each in the set, while junior Madalyn Terry (Kennebunkport, Maine) and freshman Kelsey Abramson (Deerfield, Mass.) registered three kills each for USM.
The third set was up for grabs the whole way as the Huskies put up a valiant effort. The score was tied 6-6, 9-9 and 12-12 before PSU started to pull away. USM was still within a point at 22-21 and staying alive at 24-22 before PSU sealed the victory, 25-22.
Stoodley, who leads the LEC in kills, finished with nine winners and a team-high 11 digs for PSU. Freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) made 26 set assists in the first two sets and sophomore Hannah Anderson (Exeter, R.I.) came off the bench and recorded 13 assists in the third set.
Terry and Abramson finished with seven kills each to lead the Huskies. Sophomore Nicole Hansen (Biddeford, Maine) and Terry recorded 11 and 10 digs, respectively, and Hansen set up 17 winners as the setter. Freshman Demi Ruder (Clifton, Colo.) served up a match-high four aces.
PSU will travel to Keene, N.H. this Saturday to take on Smith College and Mount Holyoke College in the LEC-NEWMAC Challenge. Southern Maine returns home to host UMaine Farmington Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
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