Panthers travel to Keene State for first round showdown Tuesday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sixth-seeded Plymouth State University will visit third-seeded Keene State College in the opening round of the Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Volleyball Tournament at Spaulding Gymnasium on Tuesday, with first serve scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Panthers are seeking their second tournament title to complement the program's first and only NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2004 season. Plymouth State wrapped up the regular season with an 11-19 overall mark while playing one of the more challenging schedules in New England. The Panthers went 3-5 in conference play to finish tied for sixth with Southern Maine, but PSU held the tiebreaker by virtue of its win over the Huskies in early October.
Keene State earned the third seed despite falling to Rhode Island College, 3-2, on Saturday. The Owls (20-9, 5-3 LEC) finished the regular season in a three-way tie for third with RIC and WestConn, but owned the tie breaker due to a win over regular season co-champion and top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State.
Plymouth traveled to Keene for the regular season match up on September 25. The Panthers battled to a 26-24 first set win before the hosts rebounded to take the next three sets.
"It was one of the best matches of our season," said head coach Joan Forge at the time.
Plymouth State owns a 19-21 all-time record in the LEC Tournament, including a 12-4 mark in the first round. The Panthers are 2-5 against the Owls in the tournament, with Keene winning each of the last five meetings. The pair last locked up in the postseason in the 2013 semifinals at UMass Boston. Keene jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead before PSU rallied to force a fifth set. After falling behind 10-3 in the decisive set, the Panthers rallied to tie the score at 12-all and 14-apiece, before falling 16-14.
The winner of Tuesday's contest will advance to the semifinal round where they will face second-seeded UMass Boston at Eastern Connecticut State on Friday (Nov. 2).
Complete coverage of the tournament can be found at the Little East Conference Tournament Central page, or the conference's interactive Tournament Bracket. Additionally, the electronic tournament program can be viewed here.
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