The Shippensburg University volleyball team swept the competition this weekend at the Catawba Invitational, going 3–0 in Salisbury, N.C.
In the first match, SU faced Queens University of Charlotte. The Raiders dropped the first set 18–25, but was able to regroup and take the next three sets from Queens.
The final three sets of the match were all close, but SU ultimately came out victorious. Jill Edwards led the push for SU throughout the entire tournament. Edwards led the team, totaling 19 kills in the match.
In the final set, SU was down by one, but a timely Sam Edwards kill gave the Raiders the push they needed to win the next three points and take the match over Queens.
In the opening match of the weekend, Jill led the team in kills and digs, but freshman Maura Nolan played a major role in the victory, recording 41 assists .
In the second match of the day, SU faced the host of the weekend invitational, Catawba. The less eventful of the two matches, SU took all three sets and a clean sweep of the host team.
SU found itself down in the first set, but used a strong run to bring the score closer and eventually take the lead. The final two sets would prove to be easier.
The first set score was 25–23, with the final two sets ending at 25–15 and 25–21.
Jill led the team again with 14 kills, while Nolan continued her excellent play at setter, totaling 35 assists in the second match.
In the final match of the Catawba Invitational, SU defeated Lenoir-Rhyne in a five-set match. Scores of the sets were 25–21, 25–20, 14–25, 25–27 and 15–10.MVP
Along with another great effort by Jill, SU also received great play from Casey Hawbaker and Gabbie Holt. Hawbaker and her 29 digs led the match while Holt added nine kills.
True freshman Maura Nolan earned a spot on the All-Tournament team by adding 11 digs of her own to the team total, but also compiled 45 assists on the day.
With the victories the Raiders are now a perfect 3-0 on the season.
SU will take part in Ram Fest at West Chester where the Raiders will look to keep their undefeated record when SU faces Stone Hill, Glenville State and Assumption College. SU will not play a home match until Oct. 4, when it faces West Chester.