Flanagan named to All-Tournament Team for Panthers
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Junior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team as the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team split a pair of matches to wrap up play at the Best Western Plus-Ground Round Cardinal Classic at SUNY Plattsburgh's Memorial Hall on Saturday.
The Panthers opened the day with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-11) sweep of Mt. St. Mary, before falling to SUNY Canton by a 3-0 score (22-25, 12-25, 15-25) to finish the weekend with a 3-1 mark.
Plymouth State 3, Mt. St. Mary 0
Plymouth State 0, SUNY Canton 3
Plymouth State 3-1
Mt. St. Mary 0-2
SUNY Canton 4-0
How it Happened (Mt. St. Mary):
* PSU held a narrow 13-11 lead in set one until junior Shannon Howland (Delmar, N.Y.) ran a string of ten straight points to put the set out of reach. Howland notched four aces in the stretch.
* Mt. St. Mary used a 6-0 spurt to take a 13-11 lead midway through set two, but a missed serve stopped the run and sparked the Panthers. Aggressive serving from Flanagan and senior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) and kills from Linden and junior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), helped give the Panthers a 19-14 lead and the Knights wouldn't get closer than three points the rest of the way.
* A kill from sophomore Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) and back-to-back aces from Bowers aided PSU to a 15-7 advantage in the third set. Later, Linden added a pair of kills as part of a six-point run by freshman Hannah Chartier (Weare, N.H.) as Plymouth took a commanding 22-9 lead on the way to the easy win.
Inside the Numbers (Mt. St. Mary):
* Linden pounded down 11 kills without an error (11-0-15) to lead the Panthers' offense with a remarkable .733 attack percentage.
* Norklun added six kills (6-1-12) while hitting .417.
* Chartier paced the backrow with 16 digs, with Bowers and Flanagan each reaching double-digits with ten apiece.
* Senior Kennedy Mang (Livonia, Mich.) finished with 17 assists, with Howland adding 13 to go with her four aces.
* This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
How it Happened (SUNY Canton):
* Facing its toughest competition of the weekend, the Panther offense had a hard time getting going against Canton.
* The Roos jumped out to an early 8-1 lead in set one but an ace from Bowers cut the deficit to 14-12.
* Canton pulled back in front, but again the Panthers rallied and another Bowers ace brought PSU to within 23-22, before back-to-back kills from the Roos wrapped up the first set.
* Canton again took an early 8-1 lead in set two, but this time the Roos would not let PSU get back into the set. A pair of aces from Howland, coupled with a Canton error and Linden kill brought the green-and-white to within 19-12, but Canton would not give up another point to take the second set.
* PSU kept pace in the early going of set three and trailed just 10-8, but the Roos scored seven-of-eight points to pull away, handing the Panthers their first loss of the year.
Inside the Numbers (SUNY Canton):
* Canton limited the Panthers to an .067 attack percentage, the lowest offensive output of the four matches over the weekend.
* Flanagan finished with a team-best seven kills.
* Howland added four more aces and leads the team with 16 in the early going.
* The Roos finished with six team blocks to PSU's two.
* SUNY Canton has won all four meetings between the two teams, including three straight sweeps.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We are thrilled about our strong start to the season," said head coach Joan Forge. "Our strengths were our serve receive and serve. We served 93% in both matches today and had a total of 12 aces. New players are rising with the opportunity to fill in the gaps from the graduation of some key players from last year."
* The Panthers open their home schedule with a non-conference tilt against St. Joseph's College (Maine) on Tuesday (Sept. 4). First serve is set for 6:00 p.m.
* Mt. St. Mary travels to Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday (Sept. 4) for a 6:00 p.m., non-conference contest.
* The Roos are back in action next weekend at the Keuka College Tournament. SUNY Canton will face Hilbert College on Friday (Sept. 7) at 7:00 p.m.
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