Volleyball cruises to victory in double-dip


The team celebrates a point during its match against Cheyney.

The Shippensburg University volleyball team looked to continue its winning ways in a Saturday afternoon double header against the Cheyney University Wolves and the Shepherd University Golden Rams.

In the first match, SU faced off against the winless Wolves. CU entered the match with 21 losses and did not find much luck in Heiges Field House on Saturday.

The first set was closely contested through the first 22 points. SU found themselves down in the beginning points of the set, but came back to tie the Wolves at 11. SU dominated the rest of the set, winning 25-15.

Middle Blocker Taylor Gottshall had five kills in the first set.

SU dominated the entirety of the second set, holding Cheyney to eight points. Freshman Laura Plank and junior Samantha Edwards each had five digs after the second set.

SU carried the momentum into the third set, once again limiting Cheyney to just seven points. Plank added one more dig, leading the team with a total of six digs in the match.

Freshman Taylor Gottshall led the team with nine kills in the match.

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Erin Flick goes up for the block against Shepherd.

In the second match, SU faced a much tougher test, but were still able to defeat theGolden Rams in straight sets.

Before the match, seniors Erin Flick, Andrea Heimsoth, Lauren Murphy, Jenny Pry and Rachel Smicker were honored for the Senior Celebration and all of their roles in the Raiders’ success over the past four years.

In the first set of the match, SU took an early 10-4 lead, but had to fight to keep its lead. Shepherd rallied to pull closer to the lead, but SU ultimately held the lead to win the first set 25-17.

The second set was a back and forth battle between the two teams. Every point was closely contested, and SU pulled ahead toward the end of the set, and was able to win 25-19.

The third set was the closest of the three. Shepherd took the early lead in the set and held the lead for a short time. SU fought back to tie the score at 10. Up until the end of the set, the teams battled back and forth, taking the lead from one another several times. In the end, won the third set 25-22.

Junior Jill Edwards led the team in the second match with 16 kills. Freshman Cristen Harris led the team with 10 digs in the second match.

SU will look to continue its winning ways Tuesday at Millersville University.

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