Peruch, Sporer, Linden named to All-Conference Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team were recognized Tuesday with inclusion on the 2017 All-Little East Conference Team, as voted by the league's eight head coaches.
Seniors Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) and Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) and junior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) were all named to the All-LEC Second Team after putting together spectacular seasons for the Panthers.
A 5-4 libero, Peruch will go down as perhaps the best defensive player in program history. The two-year captain finished second in the conference in both digs and digs per set this fall. Her 564 digs were the seventh highest season total in program history, while her 4.99 digs/set were the third best all-time. The only player on the roster to play in every set this fall, she ends her career with a program-best 4.55 career digs/set average, and is number two all-time with 1,958 career digs. Peruch was also named to the All-LEC Second Team last fall.
"Brenna has been the ideal student-athlete," said head coach Chris Kilmer. "She brings so much passion and excitement with her every day, and she puts an incredible amount of focus on her personal preparation both athletically and academically. Her constant positivity and energy have been a great example for our younger players and she leaves behind an incredible legacy."
A 5-6 outside hitter, Sporer was the team's leading hitter this fall finishing with 289 kills and a 2.78 kills/set average. A six-rotation player, Sporer also finished with 280 digs (2.69/set) while serving as a primary passer. Her 834 career kills and 2,633 career attempts are both the seventh most in program history, despite playing her freshman year at Pacific University (Ore.). The two-year captain's 2.70 career kills/set average is the ninth best all-time.
"Claire was a spark for us the moment she arrived in 2015," said Kilmer. "Her tireless work ethic set an incredibly high standard for the rest of the team. She was probably the most athletic player I've ever had the pleasure of coaching, and she played with an intensity that will be hard to match."
A 5-7 middle blocker, Linden made an immediate impact on the court this fall. The junior college transfer finished second on the team with 242 kills, the highest total among middle blockers in the LEC, while leading PSU with a .234 attack percentage. Her 66 blocks led the team and were fourth highest in the conference.
"Ari was all we imagined and more," said Kilmer. "She jumped right in to the starting middle role on the first day of preseason and never looked back. Her post-point celebrations really demonstrated the emotion she played with and I'm confident she'll be even more impressive next fall."
The Panthers finished the year with a 19-11 mark and went 4-3 in LEC play to earn the #4 seed for the LEC Tournament. PSU got past #5 Western Connecticut, 3-1, in the first round, before falling to UMass Boston, the top seed and eventual tournament champion, by a 3-1 score in the semifinal round.
Little East Conference
2017 Women's Volleyball All-Conference Teams
Rachel Lamica, OH, Keene State
Jess Williamson, OH, Southern Maine
Eileen Shi, OH, UMass Boston
Abby Stern, OH, Eastern Connecticut
Courtney Lambrese, OH, Rhode Island College
Kamari King, OH, Western Connecticut
Claire Sporer, OH, Plymouth State
Riley Bunker, L, Keene State
Bailey Wilson, S, Keene State
Macayla Chianco, L, UMass Boston
Ari Linden, MB, Plymouth State
Brenna Peruch, L, Plymouth State
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