PSU Women’s Volleyball splits pair at RIC tri-match

Panthers fall to Anchorwomen before downing Worcester

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split its final two matches of the regular season on Saturday, dropping a Little East Conference match to Rhode Island College in the opener before coming back to defeat Worcester State University in a non-conference match in the nightcap.

            Host RIC defeated PSU in the opener in four sets (25-19, 25-21, 26-28, 25-19), snapping a six-match losing streak to the Panthers and marking just the fourth win in 21 career matches against Plymouth State.  PSU came back to sweep the Lancers in three sets (32-30, 25-17, 25-18). RIC also swept Worcester State to complete the afternoon's action.

            The outcome gives PSU a 15-17 overall record, and a 3-4 mark in LEC matches, while RIC is now 13-15 overall and also 3-4 in conference play.  RIC and PSU finish tied for fifth in the LEC and will be the fifth and sixth seeds, respectively, in next week's LEC Tournament.  Worcester State completes its regular season at 12-14.

            It was another outstanding day for PSU senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.), who recorded two more double-doubles on the day.  She smashed 17 kills and collected 16 digs in the setback to RIC and made 16 kills and 10 digs in the win over Worcester.  Stoodley has reached double figures in both kills and digs in 21 of PSU's 32 matches this season.

            Freshman Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I.) also contributed nine kills in each of PSU's two matches.  Senior Elissa Morin (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with eight kills against RIC and sophomore Becca Gosselin (Bedford, N.H.) added seven, while junior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) recorded a team-high 22 digs and freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) piled up 27 set assists.

            Morin posted eight kills and five blocks to lead PSU against Worcester State, while sophomore Hannah Anderson (Exeter, R.I.) handled setting duties and finished with 34 assists.

            The sixth-seeded Panthers are slated to visit third-seeded Keene State in Tuesday's first-round playoff match, while fifth-seeded RIC will travel to fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut. 

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