Panthers fall to Williams but down Sage
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team splits its two matches on Saturday at the Endicott College Invitational, falling to Williams College in the morning match, 3-0, but rebounding to defeat Sage College in the afternoon encounter, 3-0.
The Panthers, who won the first set in each of their matches on Friday, gave Williams a tough battle in the first set on Saturday before falling 25-23. The Ephs used the momentum for 25-17 and 25-13 triumphs in the next two sets, remaining undefeated (3-0) on the young season. PSU then recorded its first victory of the season with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-8 win over Sage, improving to 1-3 on the year while Sage dropped to 1-8.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) was PSU's top hitter against Williams, posting six kills, while senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) recorded four kills and a team-high three service aces. Sophomore setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) posted 16 assists, and senior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) led the Panther defense with 10 digs.
Tedeschi represented the Panthers as a member of the All-Tournament team.
Freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) led the way for PSU against Sage with seven kills and four blocks, while Coon chipped in with six kills and a team-high 13 digs. Perrotta contributed 21 assists and a team-best five service aces, and junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) chipped in with four kills, four aces and three blocks.
The Panthers will play two more matches at the Endicott Tournament on Saturday, facing Williams College at 10:00 a.m., and Sage Colleges at 2:00 p.m. There are eight teams competing in the tournament.
PSU is back in tournament action next weekend at SUNY Plattsburgh for the Best Western-Ground Round Cardinal Classic.
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