Woodland, Shaffer lead Panthers to non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jaia Woodland (Charlottesville, Va.) and junior Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) each pounded down 12 kills as Plymouth State University earned a 3-1 (25-12, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19) win over in-state rival Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Panthers took advantage of a slow start by Colby-Sawyer cruising to an easy first set win, but the Chargers rallied with an impressive second set to square the match at one. PSU used a 12-3 run midway through the third set to take 2-1 lead, then rallied from an early deficit to wrap up the match in the fourth set.
Plymouth State improves to 27-2, while Colby-Sawyer dips to 14-15.
Plymouth State 3, Colby-Sawyer 1
Plymouth State (27-2)
How it Happened:
- PSU took advantage of a sloppy start by the Chargers to roll to a 25-12 win in the first set, with the Panthers limited the CSC offense to a -0.087 attack percentage.
- Colby-Sawyer responded with a clean second set using a kill, block and PSU error to take set two, 25-22.
- The Chargers held a slight lead midway through set three, but Plymouth State responded with a 7-1 spurt to take a 16-12 lead and the Panthers wouldn't trail again en route to a 25-21 win.
- Colby-Sawyer stormed out to a 6-1 lead, then extended to a 12-5 advantage, before Woodland had two kills and two blocks during a game-changing 12-1 surge and the Panthers hung on for a 25-19 win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Woodland hit .450 (12-3-20) and added six blocks to her 12 kills, while Shaffer went for .323 (12-2-31).
- Junior Carabeth Norklun (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman Emilee Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) each tallied eight kills, with Flanagan recording six blocks and Norklun chipping in with four.
- Senior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) paced the defense with 20 digs and is now just five shy of reaching 1,000 for her career, while sophomore Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) totaled 43 assists, five aces, six digs and a pair of blocks.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I thought we started out strong," said head coach Joan Forge. "We had lulls in the second and third, but in the fourth we got to a point where we said enough is enough and kicked it into gear. The big thing was we were able to get them out of system and then we were able to do our thing."
- Plymouth State hosts Little East Conference foe Castleton for a Senior Day match on Saturday (Oct. 26), and will close out the home slate later that afternoon against MCLA (4:00 p.m.).
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