PSU Women’s Volleyball sweeps pair in home opener

Panthers dump Rhode Island College, edge Worcester State

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team registered a pair of victories in the first home matches of the season Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, defeating Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College, 3-1, and non-conference opponent Worcester State University, 3-2.  Worcester State also swept RIC, 3-0.

            The Panthers took the first two sets against Rhode Island College, 25-18 and 25-3, before the Anchorwomen rebounded to take the third set, 25-22.  PSU pulled out the match with a 25-18 decision in the fourth set.  The Panthers won the first and third sets against the Lancers, 25-15 and 25-19, but were forced to a fifth set as WSU took the second and fourth sets, 28-26 and 25-20.  PSU again pulled out the victory with a 15-7 verdict in the decisive fifth set.

            Plymouth State has now won five straight matches to improve its record to 6-4 overall (1-0 LEC).  Worcester State is now 3-9 overall while RIC remains winless on the season (0-14, 0-1 LEC).

            Senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) led the Panthers with 10 kills and three blocks in the win over RIC, while freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) contributed nine kills and sophomore Kaitlyn Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) added eight winners. Freshman Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) chipped in with six kills and a team-high six service aces, and sophomore Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 42 assists.

            Sylvia also led the defense with 15 digs while Perrotta and senior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) added 12 and 10 digs, respectively.

            Junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was PSU's big hitter in the win over Worcester State, smashing 13 kills with just one attacking error. Tedeschi contributed 11 kills and Coon added nine, while Perrotta was good for 43 assists, four service aces and 14 digs.

            The Panthers made nine team blocks against the Lancers, with Taffe leading the way with six.  Sylvia posted a team-best 18 digs, one more than Pelton.

            PSU is home again Tuesday evening at Foley Gym, hosting Lasell College in a non-league tilt (6:00 p.m.)

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