Panthers fall to Colby-Sawyer and Rivier
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team suffered a pair of 3-0 losses Friday evening on the first day of the Granite State Challenge at Colby-Sawyer College, falling to the host Chargers and Rivier University.
The event will continue Saturday with matches in Nashua, N.H., hosted by Rivier and Daniel Webster College. All five Division III volleyball programs from the Granite State will play each of the other four in a round-robin format over two days.
After dropping the first set to Colby-Sawyer, 25-18, PSU nearly evened the match in the second set before falling, 26-24. The Chargers closed out the match with a 25-12 verdict in the third set, improving their record to 8-3. Rivier swept the Panthers in the second match of the night, 25-17, 25-13, and 25-19, improving their record to 8-4. PSU ends the evening with a 2-7 season record.
Senior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was PSU's top offensive performer for the evening. She smashed 13 kills with a .345 attack percentage against Colby-Sawyer, and came back with a team-high six kills in the loss to Rivier.
Sophomore Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) also contributed to the Panthers against Colby-Sawyer with seven kills, and classmate Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) added three blocks. Freshman libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) finished with 14 digs. Sophomore Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) chipped in with five kills against Rivier.
The Panthers will play Daniel Webster at 10:00 a.m. and Keene State College at 1:00 p.m., both at Daniel Webster.
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