Panthers down Eastern Conn. in key Little East battle
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split a pair of 3-1 matches Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, defeating Eastern Connecticut State University in a key Little East Conference match but dropping a non-conference encounter to Bates College.
The Panthers and Warriors split the first two sets in the first match of the day, PSU winning the opener 25-15 and Eastern Conn. coming back to tie the match with a 26-24 decision. The next two sets were close and went down to the wire, but the Panthers pulled out the win with 25-22 and 25-21 verdicts.
After Eastern Connecticut defeated Bates, 3-1, in the middle match of the day, the Bobcats knocked off PSU to give all three schools a 1-1 record on the day. Bates won the first set, 27-25, and PSU came back to tie with a 25-20 victory in set two. The Bobcats put the match away with 25-20 and 25-15 triumphs in the third and fourth sets.
PSU completes the day with a 14-14 overall record, while ECSU is now 13-13 overall and Bates is 11-15. Eastern also completes its conference ledger at 3-4, while PSU is now tied for second in the LEC with Keene State, both at 4-1.
Freshman Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) led the Panthers with 13 kills and a .417 attack percentage in the win over Eastern Conn. Junior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added 10 kills and senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) contributed seven kills and a career-high eight blocks. Freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) was also a solid contributor with nine winners, senior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) recorded a team-best 23 digs, and sophomore setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) posted a double-double with 33 assists and 11 digs.
Nieman was PSU's big hitter against Bates, pounding out 15 kills with a .433 attack percentage. Tedeschi, Taffe and Sylvia all chipped in with nine kills as Perrotta distributed the ball well and recorded 36 assists.
PSU wraps up the regular season with three matches next week, beginning Wednesday at LEC-leading UMass Boston (6:00 p.m.)
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