Sophomores and freshman lead Panthers past Lasers
NEWTON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team got back on the winning track Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over Lasell College in a non-conference match.
The Panthers swept the match by scores of 25-12, 25-15, and 29-27, to improve to 4-8 on the season, while the loss leaves Lasell with a 2-14 record.
Sophomore Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) recorded a match-high nine kills to go with nine digs and five service aces for Plymouth State. Classmate Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) finished with a match-best .583 hitting percentage by tallying seven kills on 12 attacking attempts, and sophomore Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) was impressive with six kills on seven attempts. Freshman Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) directed a balanced Panthers attack with 31 assists and freshman libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) spearheaded the Panthers defense with 17 digs.
Odina Ellis (Providence, R.I.) posted a team-high five kills for Lasell and Michele Canestro (Castleton, N.Y.) added four kills. Caitlyn Garcia (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) contributed 11 and 10 digs respectively, while Taylor Tiezzi (Meriden, Conn.) handed out 18 assists in the match.
Plymouth State broke a 5-5 tie in the first set with a 6-1 spurt to build an 11-6 advantage. Lasell hung in, battling back to cut the Panthers lead to 13-10, but a 12-2 run by the visitors sparked by four kills from Taffee on their way to a 25-12 win in the first set. PSU opened the second set on a 6-1 run and built their lead to 16-5, never letting Lasell cut the deficit to single digits as the captured the second set 25-15 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Lasell wouldn't go quietly in the third set, taking a 5-5 score and winning five of the next seven points to go in front 10-7. The Panthers responded by taking five straight points to retake the lead at 12-10 but Lasell didn't allow the visitors to distance themselves. The two teams traded points, seeing eight ties including knotting the score at 21-21. Kills by sophomore Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) and Sylvia put PSU ahead 23-21, but kills from the Lasers Odina Ellis and Haley Dennis coupled with a Plymouth error knotted the score at 24-24. Following three more ties, Plymouth closed out the set with kills by sophomore Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) and Sylvia to win the set 29-27 and take the match.
Plymouth State hosts UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. while Lasell will return to the court on Saturday as well when it opens the Great Northeast Athletic Conference schedule with a tri-match against Norwich and St. Joseph's beginning at 11:00 a.m.
(Courtesy of Lasell Sports Information)
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