by Scott Miller
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University needed five games to defeat a determined Middlebury College squad Thursday evening in a closely contested women’s volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium, 30-25, 25-30, 31-29, 28-30, 15-8.
PSU, which improved to 22-5 on the season, went back and forth with the visiting Panthers until late in the fifth game when it pulled away and clinched a hard fought victory.
Plymouth State middle hitter Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.), one of six seniors enjoying “Senior Night,” led the way 34 kills, breaking her own school record for kills in a match (she had 27 at Rhode Island College two years ago). Sophomore Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.) and senior Carin LaValley (Northfield, N.H.) added 15 and 13 kills respectively, while sophomore setter Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, RI) was credited with 65 assists.
In addition to Becky Landry and LaValley, the other Panther seniors making their final regular season appearance at home included Sonia Trudell (Somersworth, N.H.), Kate Shirey (Amherst, N.H.), Megan O’Connor (Rochester, N.Y.), and Joanna Brothers (Meredith, N.H.).
Middlebury, which falls to 10-10 on the season, got outstanding play from Sydney Hartsock (Snohomish, Wash.) and Lacee Patterson (Aspen, Col.) who registered 15 and 12 kills respectively. Laurie Wollin (Colleyville,TX) had 48 assists and Jamie Wong (San Francisco, Cal.) added 23 digs.
PSU, which has won six of its last seven and is ranked seventh in New England, is on the road this Saturday to play in a Little East Conference Round-Robin at the University of Southern Maine. PSU will meet Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island College in what will be the final LEC matches of the regular season.
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