Underclassmen carry Panthers to sweep of Bison
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Alexis Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Allie Rogers (Sandown, N.H.) combined for 12 kills to lead Plymouth State University to a 3-0 sweep of Nichols College in women's volleyball action at the Nichols Athletic Center on Wednesday night.
Bowers finished with a match-high seven kills and added nine digs, with Rogers adding five kills on six attempts. Freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) chipped in with six kills (.308 attack pct.) and two aces as the Panthers were in control from the start.
"It was great to see Alexis [Bowers], Allie [Rogers] and Liz [McLaughlin] play so well," said head coach Chris Kilmer. "They've been working hard in practice to make some adjustments and it was awesome to see that come to fruition during the match."
Plymouth State improves to 11-5 with the win, while the Bison fall to 2-13.
In the opening set, PSU turned a 5-3 advantage into a 15-3 lead after senior Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) ran off a slew of points, including two of her match-high five aces. Even with the large lead the Panthers did not let up, and a string of Bison errors gave Plymouth State the first set, 25-7.
Bailey added three more aces during a five-point run to give Plymouth an early 7-3 advantage in the second set. The Panthers maintained the lead until McLaughlin ran a stretch of points, highlighted by a Bowers kill, to extend the margin to 19-11 and PSU rolled to a 25-13 win.
McLaughlin added another long service run in the third set. The rookie ran seven straight points to build a14-6 advantage with Rogers tallying a pair of kills in the run. PSU controlled from there and another Rogers kill gave the Panthers a 25-15 win and the sweep – Plymouth's sixth of the year.
Bailey and junior Kennedy Mang (Livonia, Mich.) combined to guide the PSU offense with 29 assists. Seniors Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) and Grace Sporer (Medford, Ore.) split time at the libero position, with Peruch tallying nine digs and Sporer adding seven.
"We had some very specific goals for tonight's match," added Kilmer. "I think we accomplished all of them. It was a solid performance all the way around."
The Panthers are back on the court on Saturday (Sept. 30) when they host Simmons College (12:00 p.m.) and Bates College (4:00 p.m.) in a pair of non-conference matches at Foley Gymnasium.
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