Panthers win key Little East match vs. Eastern Conn., then down Colby-Sawyer
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium with a pair of hard-fought, 3-2 victories over Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University and non-conference rival Colby-Sawyer College.
Plymouth State concludes the regular season with seven straight wins and a 22-6 overall record, the most wins in a season since 2011. The Panthers finish in a tie for third place in the Little East, with PSU and Western Connecticut State University both sporting 4-3 conference records. Eastern Conn., which fell to Colby-Sawyer, 3-1, wraps up its campaign at 12-16 overall and 3-4 in the LEC, tied for fifth with Rhode Island College.
The Panthers earn the third seed in the LEC tournament, based on a head-to-head win over Western Conn., and will host sixth-seeded RIC Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gym. Fifth-seeded Eastern Conn. will travel to fourth-seeded Western Conn., also on Tuesday.
PSU won the first and third sets against Eastern but dropped the even-numbered frames before pulling out the match with a 15-9 in the final set. The Panthers dropped the second and third sets to Colby-Sawyer to fall behind, 2-1, but rallied with a 25-12 win in the fourth set and secured the victory with a 15-9 triumph in the decisive set.
Junior Dani Tabor (Olympia, Wash.) and sophomore Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) combined for 28 kills in the win over Eastern, Tabor with 17 kills and a .412 attack percentage and Sporer with a double-double that included 11 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Az.) made a team-high 24 digs, with juniors Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) and Hannah Hyatt (Andover, Conn.) chipped in with nine dogs apiece. Juniors Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) had a solid match with six kills and four blocks.
Tabor and Wojtas were the big hitters vs. Colby-Sawyer, Tabor with 13 kills with a .345 attack percentage and Wojtas with 10 kills with a .391 percentage. Junior Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) was a force on both sides, making eight kills and adding a team-high six blocks, and Peruch led the team with 13 digs.
Setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) celebrated Senior Day and finished the two matches with 57 assists, six kills, seven service aces, and 10 digs.
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