Panthers to square off against NEC, Keene, Colby-Sawyer and Rivier for in-state bragging rights
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team will host day one of the 2017 Granite State Challenge this Friday (Sept. 8) at Foley Gymnasium and the Hartman Union Building.
The Granite State Challenge, founded in 2014, features all five of New Hampshire's NCAA Division-III volleyball programs in a two-day, round-robin format.
Plymouth State will host five matches on Friday, with Keene State hosting an additional five matches on Saturday.
"It's a great opportunity to showcase New Hampshire volleyball," said head coach Chris Kilmer. "It's fun for the coaches, the athletes and the fans."
The Panthers will square off against New England College at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, before battling Colby-Sawyer College at 8:00 p.m., with both matches taking place in Foley Gymnasium. The 6:00 p.m. match features Keene State and Colby-Sawyer.
An additional two matches will take place in the Hartman Union Building on Friday; Keene State opposes Rivier (4:00 p.m.) in the early game, then Rivier faces New England College at 6:00 p.m.
Rivier has been the team to beat in the tournament with an all-time record of 11-1, with Keene State (7-5), Plymouth State (6-6) and Colby-Sawyer (5-7) essentially battling for second place. Now defunct Daniel Webster College (1-11) has been replaced by first-year program New England College for 2017.
2017 Granite State Challenge Schedule
|Friday, Sept. 8 at Plymouth State||Saturday, Sept. 9 at Keene State|
|Foley Gymnasium:||Spaulding Gymnasium:|
|4:00 p.m. - Plymouth State vs. New England College||12:00 p.m. - Keene State vs. New England College|
|6:00 p.m. - Keene State vs. Colby-Sawyer||2:00 p.m. - Colby-Sawyer vs. New England College|
|8:00 p.m. - Plymouth State vs. Colby-Sawyer||4:00 p.m. - Keene State vs. Plymouth State|
|Hartman Union Building:||Rec Center:|
|4:00 p.m. - Rivier vs. Keene State||2:00 p.m. - Plymouth State vs. Rivier|
|6:00 p.m. - Rivier vs. New England College||4:00 p.m. - Rivier vs. Colby-Sawyer|
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