Weekend losses ended the season play for Shippensburg’s volleyball team, but the Raiders could still qualify for post-season competition pending the outcome of tonight’s Bloomsburg-Kutztown match.
Saturday’s game: Golden Rams 3, Raiders 1
The Shippensburg University volleyball team dropped a four-set decision at West Chester on Saturday to conclude its regular season. The Golden Rams claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match by set scores of 14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 17-25 at Hollinger Field House.
Shippensburg (13-16, 6-8 PSAC East) was led by freshman Kat Negron (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) with 11 kills and eight digs. Juniors Kaitlyn Townsend (Johnstown, Pa./Richland) and Rachel Verhoef (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) had eight kills each, with Townsend reaching another career high in kills for the second straight day. Verhoef hit .353 from the floor.
West Chester (22-7, 10-4) had two players with double-digit kills, including a match-high 13 kills from Olivia Rudjord. The Raiders had more kills against the Golden Rams, but it was 13 aces and nine blocks that made the difference for WCU.
Friday game: Millersville 3, Shippensburg 0
Raiders remain in playoff picture entering season’s final day
The Shippensburg volleyball team unable to find rhythm against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division opponent Millersville on Friday night, falling in straight sets to the Marauders. Set scores were 23-25, 16-25, and 24-26 at Pucillo Gymnasium.
Letchworth had 27 assists, four aces and five kills. Defensively, redshirt-sophomore Alex Leitner (Castle Pines, Col./Rock Canyon (Niagara) and Baus led the Raiders with eight digs each.
Millersville (11-19, 5-8) had a match-high 19 kills from Lauren Lucas, who also served three aces. The Marauders had just eight attack errors compared to 18 for the Raiders. MU also out-blocked Shippensburg, 8-0. Both teams served nine aces.
With the conclusion of the regular season, Shippensburg awaits the result of the Bloomsburg and Kutztown match tonight to know if it qualifies for the postseason. Bloomsburg has to sweep Kutztown to get the No. 4 seed; otherwise, Shippensburg gets the No. 4 seed in spite of the weekend losses.