PSU Volleyball splits two matched at Granite State Challenge

PSU Volleyball splits two matched at Granite State Challenge

Panthers down Daniel Webster but fall to Keene State

            NASHUA, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split two matches Saturday at the Granite State Challenge at Mario Vagge Gymnasium, downing host Daniel Webster College, 3-0, in the first match before taking a 3-2 loss to rival Keene State College.

     Colby-Sawyer, Keene State and Rivier College were all declared tournament co-champions. Senior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was PSU's selectiont to the All-Tournament Team.

            Plymouth State (3-8) opened the day with a 29-27, 25-16, 25-18 sweep of the host Eagles (1-10) behind a match-high 13 kills from Mikki Taffe (East Hampstead, N.H.) while Nieman added 12 kills. Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) dished out 27 assists and picked up three aces and Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) pulled in a match-best 17 digs.

            DWC was paced by 10 kills and 13 digs from rookie Courtney Warrington (Canton, Tex.) while sophomore Madeline Roulier (Pittsfield, Mass.) added nine kills, a career-high six aces, and 12 digs. Bree Cosgrove (Raymond, N.H.) handed out 13 assists for DWC and Maggie Belli (Miami, Fla.) chipped in with 12 digs.

            Plymouth State hit .204 as a team while DWC hit .100. The Panthers earned the edge in total kills (39-28) and digs (66-50) to help their cause.

            In the day's second matchup, Keene State (7-10) held set leads of 1-0 and 2-1 only to see the Panthers rally back each time to force a fifth set. Keene prevailed with set scores of 25-13, 17-25, 25-12, 20-25 and 15-6 in a match that surprising only saw 10 combined ties and only four combined lead changes.

            Madeleine Nossiff (Portsmouth, N.H.) led the Owls with 13 kills while Angela Silveri (Poughquag, N.Y.) knocked down nine and pulled in a team-best 20 digs. Samantha Branning (Glastonbury, Conn.) added eight kills while Brooke Bell (Melrose, Mass.) racked up six service aces and picked up 26 assists.

            PSU was led by 13 kills from Sylvia while Taffe notched 10. Both Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) and Nieman chipped in with eight kills apiece.  Libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was solid in the backcourt for PSU registering a match-high 23 digs with Perrotta finished with 30 assists.

            Keene edged the Panthers 44-43 in total kills but a 13-4 advantage in aces and the Owls' .101 hitting to .061 for the Panthers was the difference.

            PSU is back in action Tuesday with a non-conference match at Lasell College. 

(Courtesy of Daniel Webster Sports Information) 

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