Third time's the charm for SU volleyball


After a successful 2012 season, the Raiders’ volleyball team looks forward to returning to the court to begin the 2013 season.

The Raiders were voted No.1 in the PSAC Eastern Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, after making their second appearance in the NCAA tournament last season.

Raiders’ volleyball gathered 27 wins over the course of last season, but have lost several senior players who made a big impact on the team. However, two returning players will look to lead the team to another successful season.

The two key pieces returning to the court this season include senior Jill Edwards and sophomore Taylor Gottshall.

Edwards, SUs outside hitter, is coming off a great junior season that included two player of the week awards, but more importantly, a season that saw her break the record for most kills as a Raider-and recording 474 kills on the season.

At the middle blocker position, Gottshall will look to replicate her phenomenal freshman campaign. In 2012, Gottshall was named the 2012 PSAC Eastern Division Rookie of the Year as well as being recognized as the freshman of the year by the AVCA Atlantic Region.

With seven freshmen on the roster, it will be important that the returning Raiders guide the new players toward a successful season that will begin on Sept. 6 in Salisbury, N.C.

SU will take the floor at home in Heiges Field House for the first time on Oct. 4 when it takes on PSAC rival West Chester. A key for SU’s success will be winning early and often.

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