Panthers fall to Coast Guard, Bridgewater; Peruch named All-Tourney
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After winning a pair of matches Friday evening, the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team was on the other end of the spectrum Saturday afternoon as the Panthers dropped a pair of three-set victories to Coast Guard and Bridgewater State University at the annual Johnson & Wales University Invitational at the Wildcat Center.
The Panthers fell to Coast Guard in the day's first match, 25-20, 26-24 and 25-14, and then went down to defeat to Bridgewater State, 25-11, 25-19, and 25-20. PSU finishes the tournament with a 2-2 record, one of four teams to split its four matches. Coast Guard won the tournament as the only undefeated team, while PSU, BSU, Johnson & Wales and Western Connecticut were all 2-2.
PSU completes the weekend with a 7-10 overall record, while Coast Guard is now 14-7 and Bridgewater State is 14-8.
The Panthers were highlighted by the play of freshman libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.), who was named to the All-Tournament Team. The rookie defensive specialist made 86 digs in the tournament, averaging 6.1 digs per set. She made 35 digs in the win over WPI and 22 digs against Coast Guard.
Sophomore Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) had a big performance for PSU against Coast Guard, pounding 10 kills and no errors for a .588 attack percentage. Sophomore Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) also smashed seven kills in the setback. Taffe was also the top hitter for PSU against Bridgewater, making seven kills with a .250 attack percentage, while sophomore Reegan McKenney (Dover, N.H.) added six winners.
PSU will be back on the court Tuesday with a Little East Conference match at Keene State College (6:00 p.m.)
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