Homecoming weekend saw the Raiders take down Fayetteville State on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory in a non-conference matchup over the Broncos at Heiges Field House. Set scores were 25-21, 18-25, 25-13 and 25-21.
The homecoming victory gives Shippensburg University an overall 10-13 win-loss record for the season; and a,3-5 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record.
In the box score
Shippensburg (10-13, 3-5 PSAC East) had three players with double-digit kills. Freshman Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) had her sixth double-double of the season with 16 kills, 10 digs and two assists. Negron finished the night hitting .343 from the floor.
Freshman Madison Anderson (Ashburn, Va./Rock Ridge) achieved another career high with her first double-digit kill output of the season with 13 kills and three blocks. Junior Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) was impressive with her sixth double-digit kill output – totaling 12 – and hitting .458 from the floor.
Freshman Chelsea Foulis (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) had a career high of five blocks to go along with nine kills and an impressive .467 percentage. While freshman Emily Gardner (Avon, Ohio/Avon) had 16 digs, her ninth time this season with double-digit digs.
Freshman Lily Letchworth (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) and Sabrina Sheppard (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast) each worked at setter on the afternoon; Letchworth had 26 assists and Sheppard had a career-high 23 assists and her third double-double with digs and assists. Redshirt-sophomore libero Alex Leitner (Castle Pines, Col./Rock Canyon (Niagara)) led the Raiders with 20 digs.
Fayetteville State (13-6) served five aces had two players with double-digit kills. The Raiders hit .278 compared to .165 for the Broncos. Shippensburg served six aces and had 63 kills to the Broncos’ 44 kills.
How it happened
The Broncos had a strong start with a 6-3 lead. The Raiders went on a 10-point run to lead in the middle of the set. The Broncos fought back with multiple five-point runs to reduce the deficit. A kill from Gardner at 24-21 secured the opening set for the Raiders.
In the second set, the Broncos were determined. The set was tied at 7-7 and Fayetteville went on a 9-2 run to lead in the middle of the set. The Broncos claimed the second set after a Raider error.
SU came into the third set strong with a 7-3 lead. The Broncos were unable to find any responses against the Raiders who only had four errors in the set. Kills from freshman Maddie Clabaugh (Gettysburg, Pa./Delone Catholic) and Agbale closed out the third set.
In the fourth set, SU and FSU were neck and neck. Agbale had three back-to-back kills at 16-16 to increase the Raiders homecoming lead. The Broncos saved four match points until a kill from Anderson secured the win.
Shippensburg is back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when it hosts Kutztown at Heiges Field House.
Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University