Panthers hit .309 in final tune up before LEC opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University hit .309 and posted ten aces on the way to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-5, 25-13) win over Fitchburg State University in non-conference women's volleyball action at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Panthers extend their win streak to seven-straight after controlling play throughout. Sophomore Jaia Woodland (Charlottesville, Va.) led all players with seven kills on seven swings as the PSU offense overpowered the Falcons.
Plymouth State improves to 16-1 for the year, while Fitchburg drops to 3-7.
Plymouth State 3, Fitchburg State 0
Plymouth State (16-1)
Fitchburg State (3-7)
How it Happened:
- PSU held a slight 10-8 lead early in the first set before an 8-1 run behind the strong serving of seniors Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) pushed the advantage to 18-9.
- Fitchburg got a side out on a kill from senior Emily Beauvis (Greenville, N.H.), but a service error gave PSU the ball back and sophomore Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) ripped off three aces as part of the game-ending 7-0 run.
- The second set was all Plymouth State as the Panthers ran out to an 11-1 lead behind a pair Bowers' kills. After a sideout, PSU got the ball right back and another long service run helped put the set away.
- Fitchburg stayed close in the start of set number three as a kill from junior Amy Coelho (Bellingham, Mass.) and a PSU error cut the Falcons' deficit to 9-6. Following a service error, Wimpey ran off eight straight points, sparked by four kills from Woodland, to build an 18-6 lead that the hosts wouldn't relinquish.
Inside the Numbers:
- Plymouth State recorded double-digit kills in each set and hit .313, .318 and .296 for the match.
- Wimpey and freshman Natalie Gravelle (Portsmouth, N.H.) notched four kills apiece without an error.
- Price picked up 12 assists and four aces through the first two sets, while Wimpey dished out 11 assists in the third set alone.
- Beauvis led the Falcons with three kills and a .375 attack percentage.
- This marked the first meeting between the two schools.
- Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play at home on Saturday (Sept. 28). The Panthers host UMass Dartmouth at noon, before completing the trimatch against Husson at 4:00 p.m. Saturday will also serve as the team's Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer event.
- Fitchburg State visits Worcester State in MASCAC action on Friday (Sept. 27) at 5:00 p.m.
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