Panthers suffer first LEC loss of season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Keene State College used a balanced attack Tuesday evening to rally from down a set and capture a 3-1 victory over rival Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.
Plymouth State came out strong and took the first set, 25-21, on the strength on a .300 team hitting percentage. Keene State held the lead throughout a close second set, and led 23-18 when PSU went on a tear, tying the set at 24-all. But the Owls took the next two points to even the match at one set apiece.
KSC used the momentum of the second set win to pull ahead in the third, and went on to a 25-16 victory. The Owls hit at a .382 clip in the third set to take a 2-1 lead. The fourth set was close the whole way, and PSU went on another rally, going from down 23-18 with four unanswered points. But the Owls won the next two serves to pull out the set, 25-23, and the match.
Keene State improves to 12-8 overall, while Plymouth State is now 10-9 overall. The two teams are tied for third place in the LEC, both with 2-1 conference records.
Sophomores Madeline Nossiff (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Angela Silveri (Poughquag, N.Y.) smashed 11 kills apiece for the Owls and junior Samantha Branning (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 10 kills. Setters Alexis Michal (Windham, N.H.) and Brooke Bell (Melrose, Mass.) combined for 37 assists.
Sophomore Kaitlin Boyer (West Greenwich, R.I.), Silveri and junior Sammy Dormio (Leesburg, Va.) all reached double figures in digs for the Owls, led by Boyer with 19.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) topped the home team with nine kills, while junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added seven kills and four service aces. Sophomore setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) had a double-double with 31 assists and 12 digs.
The Panthers head to Springfield College this Friday and Saturday for the annual Tom Hay Invitational. Keene State heads to New York on Saturday for matches against Union College and Skidmore College.
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