Peruch posts match-high 18 digs in LEC set back
BOSTON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team fell to Little East Conference (LEC) leading University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-0 (23-25, 15-25, 15-25), at the Clark Athletic Center on Wednesday night.
With the loss the Panthers drop to 14-8 overall and an even 2-2 in LEC play, while the Beacons improve to 8-11 and remain unbeaten in four conference matches.
UMass Boston pulled ahead 16-9 in the opening set behind the aggressive serving of junior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.). The Panthers clawed back and a Beacons' attack error pulled the visitors to within two points at 18-16. UMB extended its lead to 20-16, but the Panthers got a kill from sophomore Alexis Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), then two more from senior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) to cut the margin to 20-19 and force the hosts to use a timeout. UMB responded with three of the next four points to pull ahead 23-20 and force the Panthers to call their second timeout.
Following the break PSU got a kill from freshman Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.), but Shi answered for the Beacons to give the hosts a 24-21 advantage. A pair of UMB errors brought the Panthers to within 24-23, but a kill from sophomore Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.) gave the Beacons the 25-23 win.
The Beacons took control of the match in the second set. The hosts built a quick 13-5 lead, then continued to add on. PSU ran four straight points to cut the margin to 16-10, but UMB came right back to score six-of-the-next-seven points to put the set away.
The two teams opened the third set trading points, with PSU going ahead 11-9 after a Sporer kill, leading to a UMB timeout. The Beacons pulled back in front, before a Bowers kill evened things at 12-12. The hosts took over from there, using a 13-3 run to close out the match.
Sporer led the Panthers with seven kills, with Shaffer and Bowers adding six and five respectively. Senior setter Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) posted 20 assists, with senior libero Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) recording a match-high 18 digs.
PSU will wrap up its current six-match road trip with a pair of games at Framingham State University on Saturday (Oct. 14). The Panthers will square off against Worcester State at 1:00 p.m., before battling the host Rams at 3:00 p.m.
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