Panthers down Colby-Sawyer but fall to Rivier
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split two matches Friday evening on Day One of the Granite State Challenge at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers swept Colby-Sawyer College in three sets in the opener (25-15, 26-24, 25-18). PSU trailed the Chargers 24-19 in the middle set before rallying for the win. The Panthers fell to Rivier University in five sets in the nightcap (24-26, 25-22, 23-25, 25-8, 15-9).
PSU used a balanced attack in the win over Colby-Sawyer. Sophomore Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) and freshman Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) led the Panthers with seven kills apiece, while juniors Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) and Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) added six kills each. Senior setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) distributed the ball and recorded 32 assists.
Wojtas also collected four blocks and Sporer added three. Sophomore libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) finished with 10 digs.
Junior Dani Tabor (Olympia, Wash.) pounded a team-high 15 kills in the loss to Rivier, with a strong .419 attack percentage. Sporer added 12 kills for the Panthers in the five-setter, and Perrotta finished with 36 assists. Peruch led the defense with 24 digs, and junior Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) and Hannah Hyatt (Andover, Conn.) added nine and eight digs, respectively.
Day Two of the Granite State Challenge takes place on Saturday at Keene State, with PSU meeting Daniel Webster at 12 noon and Keene State at 2:00 p.m.
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