Panthers win Little East opener vs. Western Conn., then down Salve Regina
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University recorded a pair of victories Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, defeating Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference opener, 3-2, and downing Salve Regina University in a non-conference match-up, 3-1.
PSU took the first and third sets against Western Conn. (25-19 and 25-16), only to see the Colonials come back to even the match (both by 25-20 scores). The Panthers pulled out the win in the fifth set, 15-12.
Both Plymouth State and Western defeated Salve in four sets. PSU won the first set, 25-15, before dropping the second, 25-14. The Panthers closed out the match with 25-14 and 25-19 decisions. Plymouth State is now 9-3 overall, while Western Conn. is 5-6 and Salve Regina is 4-8.
Junior Dani Tabor (Olympia, Wash.) and sophomore Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) combined for 31 kills in the win over Western, Tabor with 16 and Sporer with 15. Senior setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) distributed the ball to the tune of 39 assists, as juniors Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) and Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) also combined for 15 kills. Junior Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) led the defense with seven blocks, and sophomores Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Az.) and Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) and junior Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) all reached double figures in digs.
Tabor came back with 19 kills in the victory over Salve, and Sporer also reached double digits with 10 kills with Perrotta recording 43 assists. Peruch and junior Katie Sylvia (Lee, N.H.) led the defense with double-digit digs.
PSU continues a seven-match home stand on Tuesday, hosting Lasell College at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium.
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