September 19, 2009






Providence, RIóPlymouth State University earned a pair of victories at a Little East Conference tri-match held at The Murray Center on the campus of Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon.




The Panthers stay unbeaten with an 11-0 overall record and a 2-0 LEC mark. Rhode Island College (8-7, 1-1) split its matches, while Eastern Connecticut (6-5, 0-2) dropped both of its contests.




Rhode Island College overcame a 1-0 deficit after the first set in the dayís first match to defeat the Warriors, 3-1 (13-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22). Freshman outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, RI) and junior opposite April Oberhelman (Woonsocket, RI) paced the hostís attack with seven kills apiece. Freshman setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) handed out 21 assists, while freshman middle blocker Kalyn Archer (Warwick, RI) had five blocks.






 Junior opposite April Oberhelman




Sophomore outside hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton, CT) registered a match-high 12 kills for Eastern Connecticut. Sophomore libero Britt Carrier (Southington, CT) posted 21 digs and 14 assists.


The Warriors once again opened a match with a first set win, but Plymouth State came roaring back to sweep the next three frames (23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22) in the dayís second match. PSU senior middle hitter Eliza Badeau (Foster, RI) led the way with 23 kills. Senior setter Brianna Kleckner (Terryville, CT) handed out 43 assists and made 14 digs. Sophomore libero Alex Avery (Milton, NH) led the way with 24 digs, while sophomore middle hitter Elissa Morin (Nashua, NH) swatted away four attempts. Ibsen posted 18 winners for ECSU, while Carrier handed out 33 assists and sophomore libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire, CT) was credited with 35 digs.


PSU wrapped up a perfect afternoon with a decisive, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-23) victory over RIC in the final match. Badeau posted 20 kills, Kleckner set up 38 winners and both Avery and senior defensive specialist Kathy Frankowski (Farmington, CT) each registered 14 digs. Oberhelman logged seven kills, Ho had 17 assists and Boyer had 10 digs for the Anchorwomen.


The win over Eastern Connecticut snapped a nine-match conference losing streak for Rhode Island College and equaled the programís win total for the entire 2008 season.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face Salem State and Rivier at a tri-match hosted by the Raiders on Saturday, Sept. 26.