Raiders volleyball: SU secured win Friday, lost Saturday

SU secured another volleyball conference win Friday with a 3-1 victory over Kutztown at Heiges Field House before losing on Saturday to East Stroudsburg.

Friday’s Set scores were 25-19, 25-23, 15-25, and 25-18. Saturday’s Set scores were 24-26, 12-25, 20-25.

READ: SU volleyball: Shippensburg’s Raiders defeat Rams

Friday’s game: Raiders 3, Golden Bears, 1

Inside the box score on Friday

 Shippensburg (11-13, 4-5 PSAC) had two players with double-doubles. Reigning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Week Emily Gardner (Avon, Ohio/Avon) posted her eighth double-double this season with 14 kills, 18 digs and three blocks. Gardner hit an efficient .364 from the floor and committed only two errors. Freshman Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) had her sixth double-double this season with 11 kills and 15 digs, the latter of which tied a career high. 

Reigning PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week Madison Anderson (Ashburn, Va./Rock Ridge) posted six kills and four block assists. Junior Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) contributed nine kills – including five in the fourth set – and three blocks. Junior Rachel Verhoef (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) had eight kills and five block assists.

Freshmen Lily Letchworth (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) and Sabrina Sheppard (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast) each worked at setter on the night; Letchworth had 24 assists and Sheppard had 22 assists. Redshirt-sophomore Alex Leitner (Castle Pines, Col./Rock Canyon (Niagara) led the Raiders with a career-high 32 digs.

Kutztown (7-15, 2-7 PSAC) had three players with double-digit kills. The Raiders hit .209 compared to .174 for the Golden Bears. KU served seven aces to SU’s five, including three straight by Sadie Doss to end the third set.

READ: SU volleyball: Homecoming weekend brings victory

How it happened Friday

The Raiders opened the first set winning the first four points. The set was tied at 9-9 and each team went on a four-point run. Back-to-back kills by Negron secured the first set for SU.

In the second set it was back and forth. The Raiders went on a 5-2 run at 14-14 only for the Golden Bears to lead the set at 23-22. A crucial dump kill from Letchworth tied tie the score, 23-23 and kills from Verhoef and Gardner were enough to close the frame and make it 2-0 for SU. 

The Golden Bears were not done, however, and at 13-13 in the third set, KU went on an 8-1 run. The Golden Bears only committed one error in the third set and took the frame. 

The Raiders came back strong in the fourth set, winning the first five points. At 6-6, Gardner went on a six-point service run to give the Raiders the lead. SU led by as many as 10 points in the final set.

Saturday’s game: Warriors 3, Raiders 0

In the box score Saturday

Shippensburg (11-14, 4-6 PSAC East) was led by junior Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) with nine kills, one error and a .381 hitting percentage. Freshman Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) had eight kills, three aces and a career high of 16 digs.

Freshman setter Lily Letchworth (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) had 20 assists and five digs. Freshman Tatum Young (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) had a career high of 12 digs and two blocks.

East Stroudsburg (13-9, 8-2) had one player with double-digit kills. The Warriors hit .286 with 11 errors compared to the Raiders, who hit .024 and had 24 errors. SU had nine aces compared to ESU’s four.

READ: Raiders volleyball: Eastern Division opponents defeat SU

How it happened Saturday

In the opening set, the Raiders led 12-5. The Warriors found their hitting rhythm and went on a 10-3 run. A few errors from SU secured the set for ESU.

In the second set, the Warriors won the first five points and only committed two errors to win the frame.

The Raiders fought back in the third set and tied the score at 16-16, but the Warriors went on an 8-2 run and never looked back.

What’s next

 Shippensburg will be back next week at Heiges Field House for its last two home conference matchups, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. against Bloomsburg.

Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University