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PSU Women’s Volleyball downs UMass Dartmouth and Salem State in regular season finale

PSU Women’s Volleyball downs UMass Dartmouth and Salem State in regular season finale

Panthers head into play-offs on seven-match winning streak

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with two more victories Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, posting 3-0 decisions over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Salem State University.

            The Panthers, 19-10 overall, will take a seven-match winning streak into the Little East Conference Tournament. PSU downed UMD (11-18) in the first match, 25-11, 25-22 and 25-14, to clinch second place in the LEC with a 6-1 mark and the second seed in next week's LEC Tournament. PSU finished the day with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-17 non-conference verdict over Salem State (6-24).

            After a first-round bye on Tuesday, Plymouth State will host an LEC semifinal match Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

Foley Gymnasium, at Plymouth, N.H. – Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

Plymouth State 3, UMass Dartmouth 0                             (25-11, 25-22, 25-14)

UMass Dartmouth 3, Salem State 0                                  (25-11, 25-21, 25-18)

Plymouth State 3, Salem State 0                                       (25-11, 25-14, 25-17) 

Records:

PSU 19-10 (6-1 LEC); UMass Dartmouth 11-18 (0-7 LEC); Salem State 6-24 (1-5 MASCAC) 

PSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. UMD

* Junior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) and senior Brianna Wojtas (Salem, N.H.) led the Panthers with 12 and 11 kills respectively, with Sporer recording a .400 attack percentage and Wojtas hitting at a .353 clip and adding three aces. Senior Dani Tabor (Seattle, Wash.) chipped in with nine kills and a .333 attack pct.

* Junior setter Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) recorded 33 assists, matching a season-high for a four-set match.

* Junior libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) led the team with 10 digs.

* PSU jumped out to a big lead in the first set and never looked back, powering to a 25-11 score. The Corsairs came back strong and provided a solid challenge for PSU in the second set, taking an early lead and staying within a couple points either way. It was 19-all when the Panthers went on a run on the serving of Wojtas, and held on for the 25-22 win.

* UMD again took an early lead in the third set, but PSU came back strong and went on a streak that gave them a comfortable lead before closing out the visitors, 25-14. 

PSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. SSU

* PSU used a balanced attack in the second match of the day, resting some of the starters and getting playing time for many of the reserves. Tabor was the team's top hitter with seven kills, while sophomore Jill Tiner (Salem, N.H.) contributed five kills.

* PSU made 13 services aces, led by seniors Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) and Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) with three each.

* Bailey made 18 set assists in the first two sets, while freshman Shannon Howland (Delmar, N.Y.) collected five assists in the third set. 

NOTES

* PSU honored its six seniors and their families prior to the match – Wojtas, Tabor, Morrissey, Taffe, Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) and Hannah Hyatt (Andover, Conn.)

* PSU also supported Dig Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness for the match, will all three teams wearing pink shirts in warmups and PSU donning pink jerseys for its matches.

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