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October 4, 2013

PSU Women’s Volleyball drops pair at Johnson & Wales Inv.

Panthers fall to Emerson and Coast Guard

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team was defeated in a pair of matches Friday at the Johnson & Wales Invitational, falling to Emerson College and the Coast Guard Academy in a pair of three-set matches at the Wildcat Center.

            The Panthers lost to Emerson in the afternoon match by set scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-23. After a two-hour break, PSU came up short against Coast Guard by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-21. PSU ended the night with a 9-8 season record, while Emerson is now 12-6 and Coast Guard 12-5.

            There are eight teams competing in the tournament, with Emerson, Coast Guard and Western Connecticut all going 2-0 on Friday. The tourney concludes Saturday with pool play beginning at 10:00 a.m.

            Senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) was PSU's top hitter in both matches.  She made 11 kills with a .321 attack percentage against Emerson and came back with seven kills at a .300 clip in the Coast Guard match.  She also showed strong net play with three blocks against the Lions and two vs. the Bears.

            Sophomore Kaitlin Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) and junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) each added six kills against Emerson.  Sophomore setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 25 assists, and senior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) posted a team-high 14 digs. Freshmen Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) and Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) also combined for 15 digs.

            Pelton accumulated 21 digs in the setback to Coast Guard while Perrotta finished with six kills and 17 assists.

            The Panthers will resume play in the tournament Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against Regis College. 

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