Attack errors in volleyball will come back to haunt you, especially against top ranked teams.
The Shippensburg University volleyball team committed 27 attack errors in its PSAC semifinal matchup against California University of Pa. as the Raiders were downed by the Vulcans in four sets.
The Raiders dropped the first set by a score of 25–17. SU bounced back with a dominant 25–19 set victory but then dropped the final two sets.
The Vulcans dominated the first set, posting an impressive .314 attack percentage, their highest of the night. CU tallied 13 kills on 35 attempts and only committed only two errors.
SU struggled in the first set, posting an attack percentage of .059 and committing six errors.
The Raiders dominated the second set, posting their highest attack percentage of the night at .130 and recorded 12 kills.
The Raiders lost momentum going into the third set and were dominated by the Vulcans’ aggressive attacks.
CU tallied 12 total attacks and recorded an attack percentage of .147 as they took a commanding 2–1 lead in match sets.
The Raiders had their worst set at the worst possible time. The fourth set was filled with Raider errors. SU committed nine errors and recorded only six kills for a struggling hitting percentage of minus .077.
Despite the struggling team play, the Raiders did have some impressive individual performances.
Jill Edwards recorded 14 kills and 16 digs throughout the course of the match.
Maura Nolan notched 29 assists, bringing her season total to 1,251. Nolan’s 1,251 assists notch her sixth in the PSAC conference.
Laura Plank recorded a team-high 19 digs for the Raiders, which brings her season total to 313.
Raider Faith Athey recorded four solo blocks and four block assists in the Raiders’ loss.
SU will now wait to see if it earns a bid to the NCAA playoffs, which begin on Dec. 12 and are going to be played in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.