Bowers posts double-double in LEC loss to Anchorwomen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) posted her first double-double of the season but the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team dropped a pair of 3-0 decisions to Little East Conference (LEC) foe Rhode Island College and non-conference opponent Trinity at the Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers were topped by the host Anchorwomen in a tight contest (25-16, 25-22, 25-21), before battling with the Bantams (25-17, 25-20, 25-22).
Plymouth State drops to 7-8 (0-2 LEC). Rhode Island College, who fell to Trinity in five sets in the nightcap, moves to 7-5 (1-0 LEC), while Trinity ends the day with a 7-3 mark.
Plymouth State 0, Rhode Island College 3
Plymouth State 0, Trinity 3
Plymouth State 7-8, 0-2 LEC
Rhode Island College 7-5, 1-0 LEC
How it Happened (RIC):
* RIC jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set and the Anchorwomen would maintain a six-to-seven point lead through the first half. The Panthers took advantage of a string of RIC errors and a kill from Bowers pulled PSU to within 15-12 to force a Rhode Island timeout.
* The Anchorwomen settled out of the break and used a string of five straight points to take a 23-15 lead on the way to a 25-16 win.
* It was the Panthers in control in the early stages of set two, as kills from junior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) and back-to-back kills from sophomore Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) gave the visitors a 12-7 lead and a RIC timeout. Again the hosts recovered out of the break, tallying seven straight points to pull in front, 14-12.
* A kill regained the lead after an ace from junior Shannon Howland (Delmar, N.Y.) and the teams traded points. The Anchorwomen got consecutive kills from freshman Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass.) to tie the game about 20-20, but PSU answered with kills from senior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) and freshman Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) to regain a two-point advantage.
* RIC took its second timeout, getting a kill from Murphy and an ace to retie the game. Following a PSU timeout, Murphy connected on three straight kills to take set two, 25-22.
* The third set was a back-and-forth affair, with multiple lead changes and neither team able to pull ahead by more than two. The hosts used a 4-0 spurt to gain some separation, going ahead 19-15.
* Flanagan's kill momentarily stopped the run, but RIC recovered to pull away, 24-18. Bowers added a kill and a string of RIC errors brought the Panthers to within 24-21, but a RIC block wrapped up the third set, 25-21.
Inside the Numbers (RIC):
* Bowers led the team with 11 kills against just one error, while hitting an impressive .417 (11-1-24). She added 12 digs to pick up her first double-double of the season.
* Flanagan and Linden chipped in with six kills apiece, while Shaffer added five.
* Murphy led all players with 22 kills and .475 attack percentage.
* Price paced the PSU offense with 23 assists, while freshman Brooke Beaudet (Gilford, N.H.), in her first action of the season, logged a team-best 16 digs.
* Although PSU owns a 21-8 all-time mark against the Anchorwomen, RIC has won five of the last eight match-ups.
How it Happened (Trinity):
* PSU stayed close in the early going until the Bantams used a 7-1 run to pull ahead 21-12. Bowers and Linden followed with kills for the Panthers, but Trinity was able to hold on for the 25-17 win.
* PSU built a 9-5 lead to open set two, aided by a pair of kills from Bowers. Trinity answered with seven straight points to pull in front. A block from sophomore Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) and Flanagan pulled the Panthers to within 13-12, but the Bantams used another run, 6-1 this time, to pull away.
* Plymouth State fought late to cut the deficit to 24-20, but a Trinity block ended set two.
* Trinity jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the early stages of set three, but the Panthers clawed back. A Shaffer kill sparked a 3-0 run and later PSU ran four straight points to cut the margin to 23-19, before Trinity was able to hold on for a 25-22 win.
Inside the Numbers (Trinity):
* Bowers led the Panthers' offense with six kills, with Linden adding five.
* Beaudet picked up a team-best 13 digs, as Bowers chipped in with 12.
* Boughton paced the Bantams with 10 kills.
* This was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Today was a heartbreaker," said head coach Joan Forge, "but the team is hungry to improve our overall game."
* Plymouth State heads to in-state rival Keene State for a key Little East match on Tuesday (Sept. 25). First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
* RIC is also in LEC action on Tuesday (Sept. 25), traveling to UMass Dartmouth for a 6:00 p.m. match.
* The Bantams host Wesleyan for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match on Friday (Sept. 28), starting at 7:00 p.m.
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