Shaffer, Price named to All-Tournament Team
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Junior Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) smashed 25 kills and hit an even .300 to lead the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team to two more wins at the Best Western Plus-Ground Round Cardinal Classic at Plattsburgh State on Saturday afternoon. PSU finishes the weekend with 4-0 mark, taking home the tournament title for the first time in three attempts.
The Panthers opened the day with a 3-0 win over Hartwick College (25-17, 26-24, 25-22), then capped off the perfect weekend with a 3-1 win over the host Cardinals (31-29, 18-25, 29-27, 25-13).
Junior Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) notched 26 kills and hit .211 to earn All-Tournament Team honors. Sophomore Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) was also honored with All-Tournament Team selection after she amassed 127 assists, 30 digs and seven aces over the weekend.
PSU opens the year with four straight wins for the first time since the 2009 team started 16-0. Harwick ends the tournament at an even 2-2, while Plattsburgh finishes 1-3.
Plymouth State 3, Hartwick 0
Plymouth State 3, Plattsburgh State 1
Plymouth State (4-0)
Plattsburgh State (1-3)
How it Happened (Hartwick):
- Plymouth State never trailed in the opening set on its way to a 25-17 win.
- Set two was the most competitive of the three, as PSU held off the Hawks by a 26-24 margin.
- The Panthers got an early lead and Hartwick was never able to even the score in the third set as Plymouth State earned a 25-22 win.
Inside the Numbers (Hartwick):
- Norklun continued her hot start to the season posting team-bests of 12 kills and a .579 attack percentage.
- Shaffer was also impressive, knocking down 11 kills against just one error, while senior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) chipped in with nine kills.
- Senior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) paced the defense with a match-best 18 digs, while Price added 12 digs while dishing out 32 assists.
- The Panthers' offense hit an impressive .367 while recording 16 kills in both the second and third sets.
How it Happened (Plattsburgh State):
- In a back-and-forth set that saw eight ties and six lead changes, Plymouth State earned a wild, 31-29 win to open the match.
- Plattsburgh State led throughout set two, claiming a 25-18 win, but the third set was another tight affair.
- The lead changed hands four times and there were 11 ties as PSU needed extra points to pull out a 29-27 win in set three.
- The Panthers rolled in the fourth set, coasting to a 25-13 win.
Inside the Numbers (Plattsburgh State):
- Shaffer led the Panthers with 15 kills. Norklun added 13 kills and four blocks, while Bowers notched 13 kills and 11 digs for her first double-double of the year.
- Price ran the offense, recording 43 assists, while Flanagan led the defense with 15 digs.
- Bowers and sophomore Hannah Douglas (Rochester, N.H.) chipped in with 11 digs each.
- PSU has now gone 9-3 at the tournament over the last three seasons.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Both matches were very competitive and well-played," said head coach Joan Forge. "We showed a great deal of character coming from behind in set one against Plattsburgh. It was great to dominate and win the tournament for the first time in PSU history."
- PSU is back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 3) with a road match at Framingham State before opening its home schedule with a pair of matches on Friday (Sept. 6).
|PSU went 4-0 to win the Plattsburgh State Tournament|
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