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PSU Volleyball splits two matches at Johnson & Wales Inv.

Perrotta named All-Tournament as Panthers defeat Regis, fall to Bridgewater

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split its two matches Saturday at the Johnson & Wales Invitational at the Wildcat Center, defeating Regis College in four sets in pool play before falling to Bridgewater State University in five sets in the fifth/sixth place match.

            The Panthers got off to a slow start, dropping the first set to Regis, 25-23, before rebounding to take the next three closely-contested sets, 27-25, 25-21, and 25-23. After a break, PSU (11-8) played a long, five-set match against Bridgewater State (11-9) that went back and forth and down to the wire.  The Panthers won the first and third sets, 25-20 and 25-21, respectively, only to see the Bears answer with 26-24 and 25-23 victories in the second and fourth sets.  BSU pulled out the match with a 15-11 verdict in the decisive fifth set.

            Sophomore setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) had another strong day and was Plymouth State's selection to the All-Tournament Team.  She recorded 42 assists and nine kills in the match against Bridgewater after posting 33 assists and 10 digs against Regis.  Perrotta averaged 7.8 assists per set in the tournament while contributing 21 kills and 25 digs.

            Junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was PSUs top hitter against Regis with 13 kills, six service aces and a .364 attack percentage.  Freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) added nine kills and senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) chipped in with eight winners. Senior libero Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) posted a team-high 22 digs, and freshman Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) added six kills and nine digs.

            Taffe posted a season-high 17 kills in the Bridgewater State match, hitting at a .375 clip while also recording five blocks.  Tedeschi finished with 12 kills, and Perrotta and Nieman nine each.  Pelton and Sylvia registered 23 and 22 digs, respectively.

            PSU will return home to host rival Keene State College Tuesday at Foley Gym in a key Little East Conference match (6:00 p.m.)

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