Panthers finish in third after losing to Rivier, Keene State
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team dropped both of its contests on day two of the Granite State Challenge at Keene State College on Saturday. PSU opened the day with a 3-1 loss (25-15, 16-25, 25-15, 25-14) to Rivier University, before falling in straight sets (25-12, 25-13, 25-20) to Keene State.
The Owls finished the weekend a perfect 4-0 to take home the title, with Rivier (3-1) and PSU (2-2) rounding out the top three. Colby-Sawyer College (1-3) and New England College (0-4) held the bottom two spots. The Panthers are now 5-4 on the year.
"We never really got into a rhythm today," said head coach Chris Kilmer. "We'll take tomorrow to rest and recover and get right back to work on Monday."
Plymouth State opened slowly against Rivier, dropping the first set 25-15, but the Panthers rebounded in the second set to even the match after a 25-16 win.
In the critical third set the teams were tied at 7-7 when Rivier used a six-point run to take control and ultimately pull ahead 2-1. The fourth set saw the Raiders jump out to a 6-0 lead. A block by junior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) pulled the Panthers to within 13-11, but Rivier responded with six straight points to put the match out of reach.
Senior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) led PSU, with 10 kills with freshman Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) adding seven. Senior Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) tallied 27 assists and libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) anchored the defense with 23 digs.
PSU had a tough time getting the offense going against Keene State. Linden led the Panthers with eight kills, and freshman Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) and junior Jill Tiner (Salem, N.H.) combined for seven kills without an error, but Plymouth was held to just a -.029 attack percentage overall, while the Owls hit at a .208 clip.
Plymouth State will look to regroup Tuesday (Sept. 12) when it hosts Emmanuel College in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium. First serve is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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