Panthers turn focus to regular season finale on Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) led all players with 17 digs, but Plymouth State University fell to in-state rival Colby-Sawyer College, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) in a tightly contested, non-conference volleyball match at Coffin Field House on Thursday night.
Colby-Sawyer got big performances out of a pair of freshman as Sam Mohammed (Killingworth, Conn.) and Katarina Hornung (Stratton, Colo.) combined for 14 kills and one error on 37 attempts.
Plymouth State falls to 10-19 and wraps up the regular season with a huge Little East Conference match on Saturday. With a win over University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a Southern Maine loss at Eastern Connecticut State, the Panthers will qualify for their 23rd straight LEC Tournament. Colby-Sawyer improves to 18-10.
Plymouth State 0, Colby-Sawyer 3
Plymouth State 10-19
How it Happened:
* The night got off to a slow start for the Panthers as CSC raced out to a 10-1 lead. Plymouth State chipped away, though, and a kill from Bowers pulled the green-and-white to within 19-16.
* The Chargers used a short 3-0 burst to regain control, but Plymouth State answered with four-of-five points to make it a 23-20 game. A Colby-Sawyer kill left the home team with set point, but freshman Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) and Linden notched back-to-back kills to cut the margin to 24-22 before a service error wrapped up the first set.
* Plymouth State started the second set much stronger, building a 10-8 lead in the early stages. Moments later a Chargers' error made it 12-11, but the home team scored seven of the next eight points to surge into the lead and they'd never look back. The Panthers cut the margin to 22-18 following a CSC attack error, but the Chargers grabbed the final three points to take a 2-0 lead.
* Colby-Sawyer opened the third set strongly, taking a 10-5 lead, but a missed serve sparked a PSU rally and the visitors evened the game at 11-11 following a Flanagan kill. The teams traded one-point leads until Colby-Sawyer used a seven point spurt to grasp a 21-15 advantage.
* The Panthers clawed back scoring six of the next seven points, including two kills from Linden and another from Bowers, to pull within 22-21 but the Chargers responded with a 3-1 burst to close out the sweep.
Inside the Numbers:
* Bowers and Linden each tallied eight digs, while Price and freshman Hannah Douglas (Rochester, N.H.) both chipped in with seven.
* Senior Kennedy Mang (Livonia, Mich.) and Price split the setting duties, with the duo combining for 17 assists.
* Linden led all players with four blocks.
* Mohammed, Hornung and freshman Maddie Bromley (Truckee, Calif.) combined for 21 of the Chargers' 31 kills, while freshman Anna Allen (Los Angeles, Calif.) posted 27 assists and classmate Meghan Flynn (Reading, Mass.) tallied 15 digs.
* Plymouth State drops to 16-12 all-time to the Chargers and the two teams have split the last eight meetings.
* Plymouth State celebrates Senior Day with a spot in the LEC Tournament on the line on Saturday (Oct. 27) when the Panthers welcome UMass Dartmouth to Foley Gymnasium for a 12:00 p.m. contest.
* Colby-Sawyer hosts Norwich and Anna Maria in a GNAC tri-match on Saturday (Oct. 27) starting at 11:00 a.m.
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