Chasing the dream


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Jill Edwards goes for the kill in the first set.

The Shippensburg University women’s volleyball team is following the trend of a number of other fall sports’ teams this year as the Raiders defeated West Chester University in straight-sets on Tuesday night to mark their first PSAC semifinal appearance in three years.

Following in cross-country, field hockey and football’s footsteps, the volleyball team added more to SU’s impressive fall resumé with its dominating victory — becoming the fourth team to represent the school in a PSAC playoff contest this year.

SU has been unstoppable against WCU this season, winning its third match against the Golden Rams in the course of the month. This win, however, was the most impressive.

Set scores of the match were 25-22, 25-15, 25-23.

The Raiders had their best hitting efficiency of the season only committing seven attack errors throughout the match — the Golden Rams had nine in the second set alone.

Jill Edwards led the team with 13 kills as Lauren Murphy was excellent in the back row compiling 17 digs.

Andrea Heimsoth continued her dominance as a facilitator as she recorded 29 assists.

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Photo by Alexa Bryant / The Slate

The Raiders registered 10 blocks in the contest.

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Photo by Alexa Bryant / The Slate

The Raiders volleyball team will head to Gannon on Friday.

The Golden Rams could not keep up with the Raiders throughout the match. Their .150 hitting percentage was their lowest since the .107 percentage they posted in a loss against Lock Haven University.

The Raiders will travel to No. 1 Gannon University on Friday for their first PSAC semifinal since 2009.


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