Bowers' ten kills leads Panthers to 5-0
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Senior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) led a balanced attack as Plymouth State University topped Framingham State University, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-18) in a non-conference women's volleyball match at the Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
Bowers was the lone player from either team to reach double-digits, though five other Panthers recorded at least three kills as PSU spoiled the Rams' season opener. The Panthers remain perfect on the young season, improving to 5-0, while FSU drops to 0-1.
Plymouth State 3, Framingham State 0
Plymouth State (5-0)
Framingham State (0-1)
How it Happened:
- The Panthers were in control the majority of set one, building a 16-11 lead following a kill from junior Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.). Later, an ace by sophomore Hannah Douglas (Rochester, N.H.) pushed the advantage to 20-14, but the hosts rallied to pull within 20-18.
- A Rams' error and ace put PSU back in control, forcing a Framingham timeout, and moments later Douglas' kill gave the Panthers set one, 25-21.
- Set two stayed close through the middle stages, until PSU used a 5-1 spurt to break a 13-13 tie. Sophomore Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) had a pair of kills in the run, which caused the hosts to take a timeout.
- The Rams came back with two straight points to keep the game close, but another Price kill made it 23-20. Framingham rallied to tie the score at 23-23, but a missed serve gave PSU the ball back and sophomore Brooke Beaudet (Gilford, N.H.) closed out the 25-23 win with a kill.
- The third set was similar, with neither team able to build more than a two point cushion until late in the frame. PSU ran off three straight points on kills from Bowers, Norklun and Beaudet to break a 14-14 deadlock and take the lead for good.
- The Rams got within 18-17, but a key block by freshman Emilee Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) and kill from sophomore Jaia Woodland (Charlottesville, Va.) sparked a 7-1 run and Bowers' tenth kill of the night wrapped up the 25-18 win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Norklun pounded nine kills and hit .333, while Flanagan added seven. Beaudet finished with four kills and no errors, while Price and Douglas chipped in with three kills apiece.
- Price added 14 assists, while sophomore Maria Wimpey (Concord, N.H.) added 11.
- Bowers (eight digs) and Wimpey (seven digs) paced the defense.
- After hitting .148 and .184 in the first two sets, the PSU offense cruised in the third set with a .407 attack percentage.
- Plymouth State has dropped just one set through its first five matches. The five-match win streak to open the year is the longest since the 2009 team started 16-0.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We were fired up for the match knowing that Framingham was ranked second in their conference," said head coach Joan Forge. "Our offense was strong enough to keep our win streak alive."
- Plymouth State opens its home schedule on Friday (Sept. 6) when it hosts day one of the Granite State Challenge with matches against Elmira (4:00 p.m.) and New England College (8:00 p.m.) at Foley Gymnasium.
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