Panthers fall to Eastern Conn. in LEC match
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) was named to the All-Tournament team Saturday after leading the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team to a 2-1 record at the annual Crabtree Invitational, hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University.
The Panthers began the day with a 3-0 loss to host Eastern Conn. in a match that was also an official Little East Conference contest. The outcome lifted Eastern to 3-3 in LEC matches this season while PSU slips to 2-3. PSU came back with two non-conference victories over Salve Regina University, 3-1, and John Jay College, 3-0. Plymouth State completes the day with a season record of 13-16, while ECSU is now 15-12, Salve Regina is 13-13, and John Jay is 1-18.
Stoodley recorded 17 kills and 12 digs with a .297 attack percentage against Eastern Connecticut. She added 19 kills and 13 digs with a .320 percentage against Salve before sitting out against John Jay to allow more playing time for her teammates. Stoodley has reached double figures in both kills and digs 18 times this season, and she has been named to the All-Tournament team in four different tournaments.
The Panthers also got solid performances from several other players. Junior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) smashed 12 kills with a .478 attack percentage in the match against Eastern Conn. She also added seven kills and four blocks in the win over Salve and a team-high 11 kills against John Jay. Freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) recorded 35 assists against Eastern Conn. and 36 vs. Salve, while sophomore Hannah Anderson (Exeter, R.I.) took over for the John Jay match and recorded 24 assists.
Junior libero Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) had a busy day with 16 digs vs. ECSU and 25 digs in the win over Salve. Freshman Meghan Delaney (Bedford, N.H.) also chipped in with 11 digs in the Salve victory and a team-high 10 digs against John Jay.
PSU returns home to host defending Little East champion University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday for Senior Night at Foley Gymnasium (6:00 p.m.). It is also PSU's Dig Pink Night as the team raises money and awareness for breast cancer research.
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