Bailey named to All-Tournament Team
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team wrapped up the SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinal Classic splitting another pair of matches after recording a straight set victory over Sage College before falling to SUNY-Canton by a 3-0 margin. Senior Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) was named to the All-Tournament Team as the Panthers move to 2-2 on the season.
Bailey recorded 122 assists in 13 sets over the weekend, for a 9.38 assists/set average. She added a pair of aces, two blocks and 21 digs for the tournament.
"As a senior and our starting setter, Megan is obviously a key player for us," said head coach Chris Kilmer. "She did a nice job running the offense this weekend."
PSU opened the day with an impressive sweep of the Gators (25-11, 25-15, 25-18), as the Panthers hit .259 for the match, including a dynamic .433 with 17 kills in the second set.
"We did a great job in the ball control game against Sage," said Kilmer. "Our serve receive and defense really kept us in system and allowed us to push the tempo in our favor. Our serving was especially good against them too."
Sophomore Alexis Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) was impressive for the second straight day, leading the team with 10 kills while hitting .318. Classmate Samantha Walker (Barrington, N.H) and junior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) added eight and nine kills respectively, with Linden hitting an even .500.
Bailey ran the offense in the opening set, notching eight assists, with junior Kennedy Mang (Livonia, Mich.) coming in to relieve her in the final two. Mang posted 16 assists and added a pair of aces in the win.
The Panthers ran out to a 7-1 lead in the opening set behind the strong serving of Sporer and sophomore Shannon Howland (Delmar, N.Y.) and never looked back. The Plymouth offense really clicked in the second set, pounding 17 kills, as Walker ripped off six winners with Bowers adding five. Sage put up a fight in the third set, and trailed just 16-14 before a Linden kill led to five straight points for the Panthers, who controlled the rest of the set.
Plymouth State dropped the final game of the weekend to SUNY-Canton 3-0 (17-25, 22-25, 14-25). Senior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) led the offense with nine kills, as Bowers and freshman Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) added five apiece. Bailey finished with 20 assists.
Trailing 21-13 in the opening set, PSU whittled the lead down to 21-17 before the Roos recovered to close out the set. Plymouth took advantage of three straight attack errors by Canton to move ahead 18-15 in the second set but the Roos rallied to pull back in front 21-19. PSU would cut the margin to a single point three separate times, but Canton was able to hold on for the 25-22 win. Things remained close through the midpoint of the third set before the Roos pulled away to take the match.
"We were a little inconsistent at times against Canton," said Kilmer, "but I'm really happy with where we are after the first weekend. This team is incredibly motivated and I know they're all looking forward to getting ready for our next match."
Plymouth State will be back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 5) when it travels to St. Joseph's College (Maine) for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference game. The Panthers open their home schedule on Friday (Sept. 8) with matches against New England College (4:00 p.m.) and Colby-Sawyer College (8:00 p.m.) at Foley Gymnasium.
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