Panthers post victories over WPI and Johnson & Wales
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was a good night for the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team Friday as the Panthers recorded a pair of four-set victories over WPI and Johnson & Wales University in the annual JWU Invitational at the Wildcat Center.
The Panthers knocked off WPI in the first match of the evening. The Engineers managed a 25-15 win in the second set to even the match, but PSU put the contest away with 25-20 and 25-23 verdicts in the next two sets. Plymouth State dropped the first set to Johnson & Wales in the second match of the night, 25-22, but rebounded with three straight set victories, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-23, to claim the victory.
PSU has won four straight matches to pull its overall record to 7-8 overall, while WPI is now 9-10 and JWU finishes the evening at 7-10.
Sophomore Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) led the Panthers in the win over WPI with nine kills and three blocks. Senior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added eight kills and junior setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 35 assists. Four Panthers reached double figures in digs -- sophomores Hannah Hyatt (Andover, Conn.), Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) and Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) and freshman libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.).
Sylvia had an outstanding match to lead PSU in the win over JWU, recording a double-double of a team-high 11 kills and 11 digs along with four service aces. Nieman and junior Michelle Davis (Hampton, N.H.) added nine kills apiece and Wojtas added seven kills and a team-best four blocks. Perrotta produced 34 assists and Morrissey and Peruch were both again in double figures in digs.
The tournament concludes with teams playing two more matches each. PSU will meet Coast Guard at 12 noon and Bridgewater State University at 2:00 p.m.
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