November 3, 2015



Plymouth, N.H.-The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team rallied from two sets down, winning the next three sets, to top Plymouth State, 3-2, in the opening round of the 2015 Little East Conference playoffs on Tuesday night.


With the win the sixth-seeded Anchorwomen (18-11) advance to play the No. 2 seed, Keene State, in the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 5. Keene State defeated RIC, 3-0, in the two clubs regular season meeting on Sept. 19. The third-seeded Panthers wrap up their season with a 22-7 record.


The Panthers and Anchorwomen traded points early, but the hosts were able to pull away late, taking the first set by a score of 25-17. The second set was a similar battle early with the Panthers pulling away late to take the 25-18 victory and a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.



 Sophomore setter Abigayl White


The Anchorwomen responded in the third set, taking the 25-16 victory and cutting the match deficit down to one, 2-1. RIC hit .323 (13-3-31) in the set to Plymouth State’s .143 (8-3-35) The fourth set saw the Anchorwomen jump out to an early advantage and stymie a late rally by the hosts to knot the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 victory to send the game into the decisive fifth set.


RIC again jumped out to an early lead and held off a late charge by Plymouth, taking the victory, 15-11, to clinch the match and advance to the Little East semifinals on Thursday night. RIC hit .625 (11-1-16) In the deciding set.


RIC was led by senior outside hitter Kelsey Lace (Glendale, RI) who knocked down a match-best 24 winners and added 16 digs. Sophomore setter Abigayl White (Coventry, RI) dished out 34 assists to lead the Anchorwomen, while junior libero Megan Armburg (Swansea, MA) notched a match-high 24 digs.


PSU was led by junior outside hitter Dani Tabor (Olympia, WA) who had 18 kills with sophomore outside hitter Claire Sporer (Medford, OR) recording 11 kills of her own. Senior setter Kristen Perrotta (Hudson, NH) handed out a match high 43 assists for the Panthers.