Keene State rallies past PSU Women’s Volleyball

Keene State rallies past PSU Women’s Volleyball

Bowers, Price post double-doubles in LEC loss

            KEENE, N.H. – Junior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) posted her second double-double in three matches but Keene State College used a balanced offense to rally past Plymouth State University, 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-14, 25-12), in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's volleyball match at Spaulding Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

            Freshman Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) also notched a double-double, recording a career-high 30 assists to along with 11 digs, with Bowers (10 kills, 17 digs) and junior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) (nine kills, 17 digs) leading the way for PSU.

            Plymouth State drops to 7-9 and 0-3 in the Little East, while Keene improves to 13-4 (2-0 LEC).


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 1, Keene State 3


            Plymouth State 7-9, 0-3 LEC

            Keene State 13-4, 2-0 LEC


            How it Happened:

            * The Panthers jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead following an ace from junior Shannon Howland (Delmar, N.Y.) and two by Flanagan. Keene rallied to take an 11-10 lead midway through the set and the game remained close from there.

            * PSU pulled in front, 19-15, following back-to-back kills by Price, but Keene fought back to tie the game at 24-24. Bowers earned set-point with a booming kill and a KSC error gave the Panthers a 26-24 win in set one.

            * The Owls took a 10-6 lead in the second set after sophomore Megan Palmer (East Islip, N.Y.) notched one of her match-high 14 kills. Bowers answered with a kill of her own and three straight Keene errors evened the score at 10-10. KSC immediately responded, scoring six of the next seven points to pull away.

            * PSU got within 19-15 following an ace from freshman Brooke Beaudet (Gilford, N.H.), but Palmer got hot with three kills down the stretch to even the match at one set apiece.

            * Keene came out firing on all cylinders to start the third set to build a 13-1 lead. Plymouth State clawed back, pulling to 14-8 after freshman Hannah Chartier (Weare, N.H.) served four straight points. The deficit proved too large to overcome, though, as the Owls would take the third set, 25-14.

            * After the hosts took an early lead in set four, senior Jill Tiner (Salem, N.H.) found the floor and Flanagan followed with an ace to pull within 13-9. The team's traded points, before Keene used six-point run to take seize control.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * PSU became the first team to win a set at Spaulding Gymnasium this year. The Owls had won 15-straight sets at home prior to the Panthers' first set win.

            * Bowers' 17 digs were just two shy of her career-high, while Flanagan's 17 digs matched her career-best set earlier this season.

            * Price reached the 30 assist plateau for the first time in her career, while Beaudet (15 digs) has averaged 4.4 digs/set since her debut on Saturday.

            * In addition to Palmer's 14 kills for the Owls, Keene State also had 10-kill performances from senior Niamh Dodd (Mahopac, N.Y.) and junior Kelly Hunt (Milford, Conn.).

            * The two teams have been evenly matched since they first met in 1996. Keene holds a slight 19-17 advantage in the all-time series.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "It was one of our best matches of the season," said head coach Joan Forge. "We came out in the first set fired up and put together a smart, explosive offense for the win. Some players had their best perfroamcnes of the season. As a team we made positive steps forward."


            Up Next:

            * Plymouth State travels to Smith College for a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday (Sept. 29). The Panthers face Wheaton at 2:00 p.m., then battle the host Pioneers at 4:00 p.m.

            * Keene is also in action on Saturday (Sept. 29), traveling to Southern Maine for an LEC contest at 12:00 p.m., ahead of a non-conference tilt with Sage at 2:00 p.m.



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