WALTHAM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team rebounded from a pair of losses Friday night with two victories Saturday afternoon at the Brandeis University Volleyball Classic at Auerbach Arena in PSU’s final regular season matches.
PSU defeated Gordon College in five games (21-30, 30-25, 30-22, 23-30, 15-12) in Saturday’s first match, and swept Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) in three games (30-14, 30-12, 30-14) in the second match. The Panthers were swept Friday evening by Brandeis (30-24, 30-19, 30-21) and Endicott (30-18, 30-14, 30-24).
Plymouth State completes the regular season with an 18-12 overall record. Gordon, ranked 14th in New England, is now 18-10 and Saint Joseph’s is 9-19.
Freshman Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) led the Panthers as she has all season, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She recorded 27 kills and four blocks in the five-game win over Gordon, and added a team-high 13 kills in the victory over Saint Joe’s. Sophomores Regan Bowlen (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Michaela Del Rosso (East Providence, R.I.) and junior Kirsten Willoughby (Plymouth, N.H.) also hit double figures in kills in the Gordon win, Bowlen with 11 and Del Rosso and Willoughby with 10 apiece. Freshman setter Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) recorded 53 assists against Gordon and 30 vs. SJC.
Sophomore libero Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) led the team with 25 digs, including 16 in the Gordon match. Bowlen and junior Kimmy Tobyne (Bedford, N.H./West) recorded 12 digs each in the Gordon win.
PSU now prepares for the Little East Conference Tournament, which begins Tuesday. The Panthers finished in a three-way tie for third place with Keene State and Western Connecticut, all three schools at 4-3. PSU wins the tiebreaker with wins over both KSC and WCSU, and as the third seed in the LEC Tournament, will host sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday at Foley Gymnasium (6:00 p.m.) UMD (11-13 overall, 2-5 LEC) won the tiebreaker over UMass Boston for the sixth and final playoff spot. Fourth-seeded Keene State will host fifth-seeded Western Conn. in Tuesday’s other first-round match.
The top two seeds, Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island College, receive a first-round bye. The semifinals and championship matches are Friday and Saturday at top-seeded Eastern Conn. in Willimantic, Conn.
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