Panthers fall to Colonials but defeat Lehman; playoffs start Tuesday
DANBURY, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday afternoon splitting a pair of matches, falling to Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match, 3-1, and coming back to defeat Lehman College, 3-0, at WCSU's Feldman Arena.
Western Conn. also defeated Lehman in the third match of the day. With the sweep, Western improves to 22-10 on the season and 4-3 in the Little East Conference. Plymouth State now stands at 13-18, 2-5 in the LEC. Lehman College ends the day with an overall record of 12-13.
The LEC Tournament begins on Tuesday as sixth-seeded PSU travels to third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University and fourth-seeded Western Conn. hosts Rhode Island College first-round matches.
In Saturday's first match, Plymouth State opened a commanding lead in the first set, and then held off a late Western run to win 25-22. Western rebounded to take the next three games, 25-15, 25-16, and 25-16 to claim a 3-1 victory over the Panthers.
For Western, freshman Brittany Steele (Massapequa, NY) had 15 kills, Sophomore Danielle Kaminsky (Southington, CT) had 48 assists, and senior Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, CT) had 23 digs, followed by sophomore Karissa Smith (Bristol, CT) with 22 digs.
Leaders for Plymouth State were senior Jana Nieman (Fair Lawn, N.J.) with 11 kills, junior Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) with 36 assists, and freshman Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) with 23 digs.
In the second match of the day, Plymouth State dominated Lehman College from the opening serve, running away with the first set, 25-5. The Lightning fought back in sets two and three, taking early leads in both, but Plymouth State finished the 3-0 sweep by scores of 25-16 and 25-21.
For Lehman College, senior Julia Mercado (Bronx, NY) had nine kills, junior Imani Dubois (West Palm Beach, FL) had 17 assists, and freshman Lizette Medina (Bronx, NY) had 11 digs.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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