Panthers fall to New Rochelle and Messiah; Morrissey named All-Tourney
UNION, N.J. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team suffered another pair of losses Saturday in the Kean University Invitational, falling to the College of New Rochelle (N.Y.), 3-2, and Messiah College (Pa.), 3-0, at Kean's Harwood Arena.
The Panthers went the distance in a tough match against New Rochelle. PSU took the first set, 25-21, New Rochelle the second, 28-26. CNR pulled ahead in the third set, 25-23, but PSU answered in the fourth, 25-11. The Blue Angels pulled out the win in the fifth set, 15-13.
Messiah improved its record to 20-5 with a 3-0 win over PSU in the second match (25-20, 25-11, 25-17). The Panthers finish the tourney winless in four tries, falling to 7-15 on the season.
Sophomore defensive specialist Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) provided the highlight for the Panthers when she was named to the All-Tournament Team. Morrissey collected 15 digs in the tournament, including nine in Friday night's loss to Penn State-Behrend.
Senior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and sophomore Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) each recorded 14 kills for PSU in the match against New Rochelle. Freshman libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) contributed 30 digs and five service aces, and sophomore Hannah Hyatt (Andover, Conn.) added 18 digs. Junior Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 37 assists, seven kills and three aces.
Nieman managed just five kills to lead PSU against Messiah, and Peruch was the only Panther in double figures in digs with 13.
PSU will return home for a Little East Conference match-up Wednesday evening (6:00 p.m.) at Foley Gymnasium against the University of Southern Maine.
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