Shippensburg University sports: Golden Bears defeat Raiders

The Golden Bears defeated Shippensburg’s Raiders in a volleyball matchup Friday at Kutztown.

SU’s volleyball team dropped the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup, falling in five sets to the Golden Bears at Keystone Arena. Set scores were 25-21, 25-27, 19-25, 25-16, 9-15.

Inside the box score

Shippensburg (5-10, 0-2 PSAC) had three players with double-digit kills. Freshman Emily Gardner (Avon, Ohio/Avon) posted her fourth double-double; she had a career high 19 kills in addition to 19 digs and three aces.

Freshman Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) posted her second double-double of the season; and her second in as many matches with career highs of 17 kills and 15 digs. Junior Rachel Verhoef (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) had her ninth games of the season with double-digit kills, totaling 11, while junior Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) contributed nine kills.

Freshman setter Lily Letchworth (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) totaled a career high of 55 assists, while redshirt-sophomore Alex Leitner (Castle Pines, Col./Rock Canyon (Niagara) led the Raiders with 23 digs and had four assists.

Kutztown (5-8, 1-1 PSAC) had a total of 15 blocks and nine aces. The Raiders held a hitting percentage of .194 but had 34 attack errors compared to 17 for the Golden Bears. 

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How it happened

The first set had the Raiders and the Golden Bears neck and neck, 16-16, before the Raiders eventually got a kill from Gardner and finished with a service ace from freshman Maddie Clabaugh (Gettysburg, Pa./Delone Catholic). Clabaugh hit .600 in the match with seven kills and just one error.

In the second set, the Raiders used a 7-0 run to comeback after a deficit of four points, but KU eventually rallied and took the second set. The third set the Golden Bears took control and had a .171 hitting percentage and only three errors, in comparison to the Raiders with nine errors.

In the fourth set, the Raiders dominated by starting out on a 13-3 run and kept the lead throughout the end of the set. In the fifth set, the Raiders and Golden Bears were tied at 7-7 before a 5-0 KU run proved to be the difference.