Panthers return home to host Senior Day on Saturday
BOSTON – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team went down to defeat at the hands of the University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday evening, 3-0, as the Beacons claimed their fifth straight and third outright Little East Conference regular season crown in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMB had to grind out a 25-22 win in the first game before cruising to a 25-18 win in the second and a 25-15 decision in the third. The victory improved the Beacons overall record to 17-14, 7-0 in the LEC. Plymouth State dropped to 14-15, 4-2 in the conference as they remain in the hunt for the number three seed in this year's tournament with one conference match left.
Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) recorded a match-high nine kills on 16 attempts for the Beacons to finish with an impressive .500 hitting percentage. Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) and Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) each recorded seven kills with Sousa also recording a .417 hitting percentage while Murphy finished the night with a .312 hitting percentage. Senior Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, Calif.) scored a pair of kills in her final regular season home match at UMass Boston.
Senior setter Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) tallied 30 assists to once again fuel the Beacons strong offense. Classmates Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Christine DuPuis (Minden, Nev.) each scored three aces as UMB dominated the end line with 10 aces respectively. Defensively, Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) tallied a match-high 20 digs and Murphy notched one solo block and a match-high three block assists.
Sophomore Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) and senior Kaitlyn Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) each scored six kills to lead the Panthers. Perrotta also recorded 20 assists and eight digs. Sophomore Kaitlyn Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) recorded a team-high two aces, while libero Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H.) tallied 14 digs. Freshman Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) recorded two of the Panthers six block assists.
With the regular season title, the Beacons tie Western Connecticut State University for the most consecutive regular season championships in conference history. The Beacons will serve as the number one seed in next week's Little East tournament and earned a first-round bye. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Tuesday with the two quarterfinal matches.
PSU returns home to close out the regular season on Senior Day at Foley Gym with matches on Saturday vs. Western Connecticut State University at 11 a.m. and the University of Maine Presque Isle at approximately 2:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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