Volleyball Advances to PSAC Semifinals After Home Sweep of Clarion

Raiders have three players post double-digit kills, swing .250 in the win

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Shippensburg University‘s volleyball team had three players post double-digit kills and hit .250 as a team Tuesday, sweeping a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Quarterfinal matchup over Clarion from Heiges Field House by set scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 25-21.

Shippensburg (26-5) advances to face East Stroudsburg on Friday night, while Clarion (19-12) was eliminated with the loss. Match times are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

How it Happened

SU trailed 22-20 in the opening set before scoring the final five points to claim the opening frame. The Raiders established an 11-7 lead in the second set. They closed the frame on a five-point run to take a decisive two-set lead. Shippensburg never trailed in the third set, but the Golden Eagles got as close as 22-20 and 23-21 in the final frame.

The Raiders got 42 assists from junior Emily Hangen. Four players posted at least seven kills and hit .230 or better from the floor. Senior Gabriella Johnson led all players with 15 kills, swinging .255, and narrowly missing a double-double by recording nine digs.

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Senior Samantha Webber had 14 kills to just two errors, swinging .480, plus a solo block and block assist. Fellow senior Kendall Johnson had 10 kills, four digs, two block assists and hit .231.

Junior Alana Pergine was strong off the bench. She slammed seven kills and hit .385 while assisting on three of SU’s four blocks on the night.

Senior Megan Forstburg led the Raiders with 19 digs. Junior Gianna Sigado added 16 and redshirt-freshman Syera McCormick totaled 11 of her own. Each team served just two aces on the night, with the Raiders getting one each from Forstburg and McCormick.

What’s Next

Shippensburg will head to Erie for the PSAC Final Four, as it will face East Stroudsburg at 5 p.m. Friday in a conference semifinal hosted by Gannon University at the Hammermill Center.

Bill Morgal, sports information director at Shippensburg University

Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University

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