The Shippbensurg University volleyball team took the court inside Heiges Field House for the first time this season and found great success.
The Raiders captured two key PSAC victories, one on Friday night and the other Saturday afternoon.
In their first home match of the season, the Raiders defeated the Golden Rams of West Chester University in three sets 25–18, 25–16 and 25–21.
On Military Appreciation Night, the Raiders were looking to continue their success against the Golden Rams. SU entered the match coming off a four-match winning streak and was looking to make it five-in-a-row. They also were looking to make their overall record against the Rams 13–2 since 2007.
In the first set, SU had 34 total attacks, hitting .235 in the set. The Raiders finished with 13 kills and only three errors to open the match.
The second set saw SU attacking 32 times and finishing 12 kills.
In the third and final set, SU did not let up its attack. The Raiders recorded 17 kills on 39 total attacks in the set capping off an impressive night of offense for SU.
The win was much needed, as SU had lost its last three matches against PSAC teams.
SU had three players with 10 or more kills. Jill Edwards led the team with 11 kills and two digs, while Faith Athey finished with 10 kills and Gabbie Holt collected 10 kills with two digs.
SU’s Maura Nolan continued her great play at the setter position Friday night. Nolan added 33 assists to her season total, which puts her at 521 for the year.
With a win over Cheyney University the Raiders volleyball team, swept both opponents during the opening home matches of the season. The Riadersdefeated Cheyney in three sets, 25–11, 25–16 and 25–18.
With the win, SU improved its record to 10–6 and 3–3 in the PSAC.
The Raiders had 118 total attack attempts and had only an 18 attack error during the match. As a team, SU hit a very high percentage.
Two SU players hit over .500 in the match. Athey hit .667 and Alyssa Rowley finished the match hitting .500.
Maria Peluso led the Raiders with 12 kills in the match, while Athey, Mummert and Pryor all finished the day with eight kills.
The Raiders will be back in action at Millersville University on Tuesday night inside Pucillo Gymnasium and will finish the week when they take on PSAC rivals East Stroudsburg University on Oct. 12 and Kutztown University on Oct. 12.