Volleyball impresses at tourney

The Shippensburg University women’s volleyball team faced a solid set of opponents Saturday at the Minnesota Duluth Classic but fought hard and earned a split, rallying from a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Minnesota Crookston University to sweep Bemidji State University.

SU dropped its first match of the day to the Golden Eagles by scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-18. The Raiders rebounded to sweep the Beavers by scores of 27-25, 25-18 and 25-19.

Junior Jill Edwards tallied 29 kills between the two matches, while senior Erin Flick had an exemplary afternoon in terms of efficiency by contributing 16 kills and just one error for a .500 hitting percentage. Edwards moved into fifth place all-time on the school’s career kills list with 1,121, passing Michelle Doughty (2002-05).

The Raiders will travel to West Virginia next weekend for a total of four regional matches against West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools at Shepherd University’s tournament.

In the Raider’s first match, UMC and SU were tied 15-15 in the first set before the Golden Eagles scored nine straight points to take control. Crookston had an 8-1 lead in the second set and built a 20-13 advantage in the final frame as well.

Edwards ripped 14 kills and had nine digs to pace the Raider attack against Minnesota Crookston. Senior Jenny Pry added six kills and Flick contributed five with just one error.

In SU’s second match against BSU, Edwards again paced the team with 15 kills and 10 digs for her fourth double-double in seven games, it was hard to ignore the stat line for Flick — who had 11 kills without an error for a staggering .846 hitting percentage. Flick also had a solo block and two block assists.

Heimsoth had 37 assists and also snuck in three kills. Pry came off the bench and hit very well, contributing six kills and eight digs while hitting .312. Edwards and freshman Natasha Gibble each served two aces in the match.

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