Raiders volleyball: Eastern Division opponents defeat SU

Eastern Division opponents defeated Shippensburg university’s volleyball team twice in as many days last week in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

Raiders volleyball fell 3-0 to Bloomsburg Friday night, then dropped a four-set decision to Lock Haven on Saturday.

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Volleyball swept by Bloomsburg, 3-0

Verhoef, Agbale hit over.300 from the floor

The Shippensburg volleyball team was unable to find rhythm against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division opponent Bloomsburg on Friday night, falling in straight sets to the Huskies. Set scores were 24-26, 17-25, and 25-27 at Nelson Field House.
 
Shippensburg (8-12, 2-4 PSAC East) was led by junior Rachel Verhoef (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim), who had 12 kills and hit .304 from the floor. Fellow junior Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) had eight kills and hit .429 from the floor.

 
Freshman setter Lily Letchworth (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) had 27 assists and nine digs while redshirt-sophomore Alex Leitner (Castle Pines, Col./Rock Canyon (Niagara) led the Raiders with 21 digs.
 
Bloomsburg (9-9, 4-2) had just 12 attack errors in the match compared to 26 for the Raiders. The Huskies did not have an attacking error in the first set until the game was tied 24-24. BU had 11 blocks and 10 aces, while SU had just one block and three aces.

Eastern division

Volleyball falls in four sets at Lock Haven

SU totals 12 blocks but yields 13 aces in the loss

The Shippensburg University volleyball team dropped a four-set decision at Lock Haven on Saturday, with the Bald Eagles claiming the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division match by set scores of 17-25, 25-21, 18-25 and 23-25 at Thomas Field House.

Shippensburg (8-13, 2-5 PSAC East) had 12 blocks on the afternoon but hit just .028 – its second-lowest output of the season. Freshman Emily Gardner (Avon, Ohio/Avon) was the only Raider with double-digit kills – all 13 of her kills came in the final three sets. Gardner also had 12 digs to achieve her seventh double-double of the season.

Junior Rachel Verhoef (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) had a career-high eight block assists, while freshman Chelsea Foulis (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional), junior Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) and freshman Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) each contributed four block assists.

Lock Haven (3-14, 1-6) served 13 aces in the match and hit .122. Grace Hugar led all players with 14 kills while setter Kelly Gaston had 39 assists.

Shippensburg returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when it hosts Shepherd at Heiges Field House.

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