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October 1, 2013

PSU Women’s Volleyball drops match at Colby-Sawyer

Panthers' winning streak stopped at eight

            NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Colby-Sawyer College women's volleyball team defeated intrastate foe Plymouth State University, 3-0 in non-conference action on Tuesday evening. The Chargers won by scores of 25-18, 25-12 and 25-20, stopping PSU's eight-match winning streak.

            Plymouth State held an early lead in the first set until Colby-Sawyer tied the game at 7-7 on a kill by senior Courtney O'Hara (Mystic, Conn.). The Chargers then led for the rest of the set and ended on a 5-1 run capped off by a kill from senior Emilee McBride (Strafford, N.H.) to win 25-18.

            The second set was all Colby-Sawyer as the team hit .400 and had four aces. After PSU scored the first point of the set on a kill from senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.), Colby-Sawyer senior Julia Yee (Quincy, Mass.) served the Chargers to 13 straight points to take a 13-1 lead. The Panthers would get a few points late, but an O'Hara kill lifted Colby-Sawyer to the 25-12 win.

            The third set started with each team trading several points. The Chargers found separation in the middle of the set as McBride became a force at the net. She had seven of the Chargers' 17 kills in the set. Trailing by their largest margin of the set at 21-14, the Panthers strung together a 6-2 run, capped by a Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) kill, to get back into the set. The Chargers scored the last two points on a Stephanie Vecchio (Shelter Island, N.Y.) kill and an ace from Julia Yee for the 25-20 win.

            McBride and Vecchio each had 11 kills and hit .421 and .348, respectively. Junior Jackie Keating (Marshfield, Mass.) was the third Charger in double-figures with 10 kills. O'Hara added nine kills and a match-high three blocks. Senior Ally Le-Bruno (Medfield, Mass.) collected a match-high 14 digs, while Yee chipped in with 13 and a match best five aces. Sophomore Laure Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) had 39 assists.

            Plymouth State was led by Sylvia's eight kills. Freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) added seven kills and hit .375. Sophomore setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) tallied 21 assists and six digs. Senior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) registered a team best 12 digs. 

            The Chargers improve to 11-6 and will open North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Saturday with a pair of home matches against Husson and Maine Maritime. Plymouth falls to 9-5 and plays four matches beginning Friday at the Johnson & Wales University Invitational. 

 (Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information) 

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