The Shippensburg University volleyball team charged through to victory on Senior Day to sweep Millersville on Friday night at Heiges Field House in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup and to secure a PSAC playoff spot next week. Set scores were 25-19, 29-27, 25-16.
How it happened
Shippensburg (17-11, 9-4 PSAC East) had three sophomores with double-digit kills as Maddie Clabaugh (Gettysburg, Pa./Delone Catholic) posted her 10th double-digit kill output this season with 13 kills and only two errors. Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) posted her 8th double-digit kills this season with 12 kills, adding an ace and two block assists. Emily Gardner (Avon, Ohio/Avon) topped the night off with 11 kills, two assists, seven digs and a block assist.
SU clinched a spot in the PSAC Tournament
The three seniors: Oyinda Agbale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area), Alex Leitner (Castle Pines, Col./Rock Canyon (Niagara) and Rachel Verhoef (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) stuffed the stat sheet as well. Agbale totaled six kills, an assist and three blocks; Verhoef had seven kills with no errors and three blocks, Leitner had an ace and 10 digs.
Reigning PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Week, freshman Kearstin Davis (San Antonio, Tex./Reagan) had her ninth 40+ assists match of the season with 43 assists and 11 digs. It was her 8th double-double this season with assists and digs. Fellow freshman Erica Lampus (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) led the Raiders with 15 digs.
In the opening set, the Raiders took a 7-3 lead and never looked back. A dominating first set saw SU with a .243 hitting percentage, while Millersville (16-12, 6-7) hit .024 with eight errors. The second set featured 21 tie scores and nine lead changes, with the Raiders saving two set points. The Marauders fought hard and had fewer errors that enabled them to swing .255, but the Raiders came out on top with a .327 hitting percentage and 22 kills.
The Raiders dominated the third set with 14 kills and only two errors. A 9-3 lead was enough for the Raiders to keep the momentum and maintain a large lead. Verhoef’s backhanded kill secured the victory and the playoff berth for the Raiders.
Shippensburg will host West Chester at 1 p.m. tomorrow to end its regular season games and to determine playoff seeding. Before the start of the match, SU will recognize Coach Leanne Piscotty for her 400th win.
- The Raiders .317 hitting percentage is SU’s season high and the third time this season that they hit over .300 (Jefferson .311, Lock Haven .307).
- Tonight’s win secured a PSAC playoff berth, the team’s first since 2019.
- This is the 15th time in 18 seasons that Coach Piscotty has guided the team to the playoff.