Balanced attack leads Panthers to LEC win over Huskies
GORHAM, Maine – Junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) smashed a team-high 12 kills Tuesday evening to lead a balanced attack as the Plymouth State University Panthers defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-1 in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Hill Gym. The Panthers won the match 25-17, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-17.
The win snaps a two-match losing streak for Plymouth State, improving its record to 12-11 overall and 3-1 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies fall to 17-6 with the loss and remain winless in conference action at 0-4.
Nieman swung for a solid 25.8 hitting percentage, adding five digs and two block assists. Senior Kaitlyn Tedschi (Pascoag, R.I./Burrillville) has 11 kills on 22 attempts with three errors for a 36.4 hitting percentage, while freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H./Timberlane Regional) also hit for 11 kills to round out three Panthers in double digits. Sophomore Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H./Notre Dame) directed the Panthers offense with a match-high 45 assists.
Southern Maine freshmen Kristina Rubico (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Amanda Keppel (Springfield, Pa.) paced the Huskies. Rubico and Keppel each had 13 kills. Rubico added a pair of service aces and seven digs and Keppel added six digs. Freshman Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) had 35 assists, two aces and a match-high 13 digs.
Southern Maine travels to Eastern Nazarene on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a non-conference tri-match with Mount Ida. Plymouth State will take part in the Little East NEWMAC Challenge on Saturday at Mount Holyoke Colllege with Smith College and Keene State.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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