Owls avenge earlier loss to Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Madeleine Nossiff (Portsmouth, N.H.) and sophomore Rachel Lamica (Malone, N.Y.) combined for 24 kills Wednesday evening as Keene State College swept Plymouth State University 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-19) in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.
The Owls avenged a 3-1 non-conference loss to Plymouth State earlier this season and improved to 15-8 overall and 3-1 in league play while PSU, which had won five of its last six matches, drops to 15-6 overall and 1-3 in the Little East.
The first set was back and forth before the Owls pulled out the decision. Keene State had a narrow 21-20 lead before rattling off four unanswered point to close out the set.
PSU held the early advantage in the second set before the Owls took their first lead at 9-8. It was a two-point set before Keene State pulled away to a 24-17 lead. The Panthers fought back and pulled to within 24-22 before the visitors finished off the set, 25-22. Keene State jumped out to a lead in the third set and never looked back, leading by 4-5 points most of the way. PSU got to within four points at 23-19, but Keene State closed out the set and the match.
Nossiff made a match-high 13 kills with a .400 hitting percentage for KSC while Lamica added 11 winners with a .360 percentage. Senior setter Alexis Michal (WIndham, N.H.) and junior setter Brooke Bell (Melrose, Mass.) recorded 14 assists apiece and senior Angela Silveri (Poughquag, N.Y.) posted a team-best three service aces. The Owl defense had four players reach double figures in defense, led by Michal with 15 and Bell and junior Leslie Hearns (Bedford, N.Y.) with 14 apiece.
Sophomore Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) led the Panther attack with nine kills while freshman Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) contributed eight winners. PSU had to make do without their top hitter, junior Dani Tabor (Olympia, Wash.), who was out with an injury. Senior setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) tallied 27 assists, and sophomore libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Az.) collected a match-high 16 digs.
PSU travels to Smith College this weekend for matches against Smith (11:00 a.m.) and Mount Holyoke College (1:00 p.m.) Keene State returns home to host LEC foe Western Connecticut State University (12 noon) and non-conference opponent Oswego State (4:00 p.m.) in a tri-match at Spaulding Gymnasium.
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