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PSU Volleyball splits pair at NEWMAC-Little East Challenge

Panthers down Mount Holyoke after loss to Smith

            SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the 2013 NEWMAC/Little East Challenge, hosted by Mount Holyoke College at the Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium.

            The Panthers dropped their first match of the day to Smith College, 3-1, but rebounded to take the second match over Mount Holyoke College, 3-1. Fellow Little East school Keene State College also split its two matches against the NEWMAC foes.  Plymouth State completes the day with a 13-12 overall record. Smith is now 17-6 and Mount Holyoke is 6-13.

            PSU played tough but narrowly dropped the first two sets against Smith, 25-22 and 26-24.  The Panthers came back to take a tight third set, 26-24, but Smith closed out the match with a 25-10 decision in the fourth set.

            Junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) led the Panthers with 13 kills and three blocks while freshman Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) added 10 kills and eight digs.  Sophomore Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) registered 34 assists and nine digs. Senior libero Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) posted a team-high 20 digs, while freshmen Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) was right behind with 16 digs.

            Plymouth State split the first two sets against Mount Holyoke, winning 25-23 but losing 25-13.  The Panthers went on to win the match with 26-24 and 25-23 victories in the third and fourth sets.

            Nieman and senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) were the top hitters for PSU against Mount Holyoke as Nieman made 14 kills with a.344 attack percentage and Tedeschi hit 12 kills at a .417 clip.  Perrotta registered a double-double with 32 digs and a team-high 15 digs.

            Plymouth State plays five of its final six regular season matches at home, beginning Wednesday against Middlebury College (6:00 p.m.) 

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