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November 13, 2012

PSU Volleyball player earns All-America Hon. Mention

Stoodley represents Panthers as one of best in Division III

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The star hitter on the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team received more post-season recognition Tuesday when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2012 Division III All-America teams.

            Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) was named AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America as an outside hitter.  She is the first Panther in the 17-year history of the program to achieve All-America status.  Stoodley was the only Little East Conference player to earn All-America honors, and one of only 14 from New England.

            A 5'9" senior, Stoodley enjoyed an outstanding season for the Panthers, earning First Team All-New England and First Team All-Little East Conference recognition last week.  She ranked second in the LEC this season with 4.04 kills per set, and ranked sixth with a .240 attack percentage.  Stoodley was a strong all-around player as she also ranked third in the conference in digs (3.94 per set) and seventh in service aces (0.52 per set).

            Stoodley posted double-doubles in 22 of PSU's 33 matches this season, reaching double figures in a match in both kills and digs, and she was named to the All-Tournament Team after strong performances in tournaments at Endicott College, Johnson & Wales University, Springfield College and Eastern Connecticut State University.

            Despite playing only three years at PSU after transferring from Southern New Hampshire University, Stoodley ranks as one of the all-time leaders in Panther history.  She recorded 1,284 kills to rank fifth on PSU's career list, and she made 1,151 digs to wind up seventh on that list.  Stoodley became the fourth player in school history to register both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

            Plymouth State finished the season with a 15-18 overall record, and a 3-4 mark in the Little East.  The Panthers were knocked out of the LEC Tournament in the first round by Keene State, 3-0. 

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