Panthers sweep NEC, Colby-Sawyer
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team swept a pair of matches against New England College and Colby-Sawyer College on day one of the Granite State Challenge at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers toppled New England College, 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-17), before cruising past Colby-Sawyer College in straight sets (25-14, 25-13, 25-18). Plymouth State has won three straight matches to improve to 5-2, while NEC falls to 2-3 and Colby-Sawyer moves to 1-5.
Senior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) and junior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) were both impressive for the Panthers against NEC. Sporer finished with a match-high 14 kills while hitting .379, while Linden dropped nine winners while attacking at a .615 clip.
"Claire and Ari were great against NEC," said head coach Chris Kilmer. "The two of them have really been working hard to make some adjustments in practice this week and it was great to see them apply it in the NEC game."
Senior Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) finished with a match-high 25 assists before giving way to junior Kennedy Mang (Livonia, Mich.). Senior Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) led the Panthers with 10 digs.
In the nightcap, the Panthers' offense was firing on all cylinders. PSU hit .329 for the match while limiting the Chargers to an -.052 attack percentage. Sporer added seven kills while hitting .300 and freshman Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) finished with seven kills and a .750 attack percentage.
Bailey and Mang again split the setting duties, with Bailey posting 20 assists in two sets and Mang adding ten in her one set. Bailey led the team with 14 digs.
"We played really well as a unit against Colby-Sawyer," said Kilmer. "There was a much better flow and we had contributions from everyone on the roster. It really was a team effort tonight."
Day two of the tournament continues Saturday (Sept. 9) at Keene State. The Panthers will open with Rivier at 2:00 p.m. before facing host Keene State at 4:00 p.m.
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