Dunne eclipses 1,000-dig plateau, Purple Knights fall in four at Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball squad dropped a 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-21) decision at Plymouth State University in Foley Gymnasium on Tuesday evening, falling to last year's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Tournament runner-up. The Purple Knights slipped to 3-2, while the Panthers improved to 2-6.

Senior Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) became the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,000-dig plateau for a career, notching 22. Classmate Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) had 10 kills and 17 digs, while junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) turned in nine kills. First-year Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) had six kills and 13 digs, and junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) handed out 29 assists. Classmate Brianna Saunders (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) added nine digs.

Senior Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H./Salem) led Plymouth State with 16 kills and 25 digs, while first-year Sam Clark (Coventry, R.I./Coventry) added eight kills. Junior Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) turned in 20 digs, and first-year Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H./Notre Dame) notched 33 assists and 13 digs.

In the opening set, Saint Michael's trailed 19-11 before rallying to tie at 23 but yielding the final two points. After dropping the second set, the visitors edged within 2-1 by grabbing a two-point third set. The Purple and Gold rushed out to a 6-1 advantage in the fourth before the hosts scored 14 of the next 21 points and eventually led by as many as four points. Down 23-19, Saint Michael's made one last push with two straight points before allowing the last two points of the match.

Saint Michael's heads to the Cardinal Classic at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh this weekend, beginning play on Friday against SUNY Canton at 6 p.m. and the hosts at 8 p.m.