Shaffer, Norklun highlight offense as Panthers move to 12-1
WESTON, Mass. – It was business as usual for the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team as the Panthers picked up another win, topping Regis College 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 25-17) in a non-conference game at Higgins Court on Thursday night.
Juniors Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) and Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) led the offense with ten kills apiece, while sophomore Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) totaled 31 assists and added five kills and nine digs.
With the win Plymouth State moves to 12-1, already surpassing last year's win total in less than three weeks of action. Regis falls to 3-7 on the season.
Plymouth State 3, Regis 1
Plymouth State (12-1)
How it Happened:
- Things stayed close early in the first set, but the Panthers used a small spurt, highlighted by a pair of kills from senior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), to take a 17-13 lead. Regis cut the margin to 18-16, but PSU responded with two straight points and would lead by at least three the rest of the way to earn the 25-21 win.
- Set two was all Plymouth State as the Panthers jumped out to a 16-8 lead behind three early kills from Shaffer. Later, PSU strung together four straight kills from four different players as the lead ballooned to 22-11 and the Panthers cruised to a 25-15 win.
- Regis got out to a good start in set three, then used an 11-4 run to extend the margin to 20-11. PSU slowly chipped away at the lead, but the Pride were able to hold on for a 25-18 win.
- The Panthers scored six unanswered points for a 9-4 lead early in the fourth set sparked by two kills and a block from Norklun. After a Regis side out and ace, PSU answered with a 7-0 spurt to take a commanding 16-6 lead and the Panthers went on the wrap up the match with a 25-17 victory.
Inside the Numbers:
- Shaffer hit .259, while Norklun added three blocks to her stat line.
- Bowers finished with seven kills and nine digs, as sophomore Maria Wimpey (Concord, N.H.) added seven kills, four digs and two blocks.
- Senior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) notched a game-high 18 digs, her seventh match with at least 15 digs this fall. She added three of the team's seven aces.
- PSU averaged over 12 kills per set and hit .256 across the first, second and fourth sets, but hit negative while losing the third.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Regis played us tough tonight," said head coach Joan Forge. "We responded with an all-around solid performance."
- Plymouth State travels to Salve Regina for a pair of matches on Saturday (Sept. 21). PSU squares off with the host Seahawks at 11:00 a.m., followed by St. Joseph's College (L.I.) at 1:00 p.m.
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