Flanagan, Shaffer recognized for first place Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After helping lead the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team to a 3-0 week, senior libero Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.), and junior outside hitter Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) have each earned Little East Conference (LEC) weekly recognition.
Flanagan was tabbed as the LEC Defensive Player of the Week for a second time this fall, while Shaffer picked up LEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for a second time as well.
Flanagan had a big week as PSU went 3-0 overall, including a pair of five set wins over LEC opponents. She averaged 5.30 digs/set in conference play and 4.77 digs/set overall, while adding ten aces on the week. On Saturday, Flanagan notched a career-high 34 digs and added four aces as PSU rebounded from a 2-1 deficit to top WestConn in five sets to claim sole possession of the top spot in the LEC.
She added a 19-dig, three-ace, five-assist effort as the Panthers held off Keene State, 3-2, on Wednesday, and chipped in with nine digs and three aces in three sets of a 3-1 win over Mt. St. Vincent on Saturday.
Flanagan is enjoying a strong senior season. With 417 digs on the year she ranks second in the LEC, while her 4.17 digs per set average is the fourth-highest in the conference. She is just 25 digs shy of reaching the 1,000 digs mark for her career. She also leads the Panthers in aces per set (0.58), and is third in the league with 58 total aces.
Shaffer was outstanding at the net to lead the Plymouth State offense. She was on fire in the win over Keene State, pounding down a career high 22 kills and added three blocks while hitting .283. She added 11 kills and three blocks in the win over WestConn, then capped the week with another 11 kills (.435 pct.), six digs and a block in the victory over Mt. St. Vincent.
Shaffer currently sits second in the conference with 294 kills, just two in back of the leader, and is averaging a team-leading 3.13 kills per set, the fourth-most in the LEC.
Plymouth State (26-2, 5-1 LEC) will enjoy three straight home matches this week, starting with Wednesday's (Oct. 23) match against Colby-Sawyer (6:00 p.m.). The Panthers also host Castleton and MCLA on Saturday (Oct. 26) in a home tri-match at noon and 4:00 p.m.
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