PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.) registered 30 kills Friday night to lead the PSU women’s volleyball team to a pair of victories in the Johnson & Wales University Fall Classic.
The Panthers defeated Johnson & Wales-Denver in the opening match, 3-1, and followed that up with a 3-0 victory over Framingham State College. PSU and the host Johnson & Wales are the only two teams to go 2-0 in Friday night’s action.
After dropping the opening game against JWU-Denver, 30-28, PSU came back to sweep the next three, 30-17, 30-22, 30-21. Badeau led the Panthers with 17 kills, while junior Wendy Dziedzic (Nashua, N.H.) recorded 10 kills. Juniors Sarah Spears (Meredith, N.H.) and Regan Bowlen (Portsmouth, N.H.) made 20 and 18 digs, respectively, and sophomore setter Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, Conn.) contributed 38 assists, 11 digs and three service aces.
Plymouth State had little trouble in downing Framingham State, 30-24, 30-27, 30-17. Badeau led the way again for the Panthers with 13 kills and five blocks, while junior Michaela Del Rosso (East Providence, R.I.) added 10 kills and seven blocks. Spears and senior Kim Tobyne (Manchester, N.H./West) combined for 29 digs.
The tournament continues on Saturday with PSU facing Wheaton College at 12:00 p.m. and host Johnson & Wales at 2:00 p.m.
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