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Plymouth State Volleyball swept by Middlebury

Vermont school wins battle of the Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seniors Megan Jarchow and Amy Hart smashed 11 kills apiece Wednesday evening as the Panthers of Middlebury College defeated the Panthers of Plymouth State University, 3-0, in non-conference women's volleyball action at Foley Gym.

            Jarchow recorded a hitting percentage of .450 while Hart hit at a .391 clip to lead the visitors.  Freshman setter Hannah Blackburn helped spur the offense, recording 25 assists, and junior Olivia Kolodka contributed a match-high three service aces. Junior Lizzy Reed led the Middlebury defense with a match-high 12 digs.

            Freshman reserve hitter Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) led the Panthers with five kills, while senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) and junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.), PSU's top hitters on the season, were limited to four kills apiece. Senior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) recorded a team-high six digs.

            The score was tight in the first set until Middlebury pulled away to a 25-17 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  PSU hung around in the second set and came from behind to tie the set at 19-19.  The teams traded points before Middlebury pulled out a 25-22 decision to go up, 2-0.

            The third set was close early on as PSU held a 9-8 lead, looking to get back into the match.  But Middlebury ran off seven straight points and 11 of the next 12 to open up a 19-10 lead.  PSU couldn't recover and Middlebury finished off a 25-11 victory.

            Plymouth State is home again on Saturday, hosting Eastern Connecticut State University and Bates College in a tri-match beginning at noon. Middlebury plays again this Friday and Saturday at the Hall of Fame Classic at Mount Holyoke and Smith College.

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