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Wheeling Jesuit Volleyball To Host Another Regional Title Game

Updated: Friday, December 6 2013, 11:00 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. – The #1 seed Wheeling Jesuit Volleyball team defeated #4 Shippensburg 3-0 in the semi-final of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional volleyball tournament on Friday, to advance to the Championship game for the second straight year.
The Cardinals will take on California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday at 7:00pm in the McDonough Center to decide who makes the trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on December 12th.
Shippensburg and WJU are no strangers, having faced each-other once during the regular season, with the Cardinals winning in straight sets.
WJU declared their intentions from the get-go in the first set, taking an early 8-2 lead, causing the Raiders to burn a timeout.  The Cardinals remained in control after the timeout, led by freshman Haley Kindall’s three early kills. WJU’s lead stretched to eleven, as they continued to attack, while playing excellent defensively.
Freshman Emma Schleucher contributed three kills in a five-point span, bumping the lead to 14-4. Two kills by senior Jenna Pew stretched the lead further to 17-4. The WJU lead continued to grow, as they went on to win set one by a final of 25-10, taking 1-0 lead in the match.
The Cardinals came out in set two with the same energy and attack that they possessed in the opening set. The Raiders needed to slow the WJU attack, and they managed to do so early, as the game was tied at four. The Cardinals would respond though, scoring seventeen of the next nineteen points, to take a 21-6 lead.
Schleucher tacked on two kills and three service aces during the run, and Pew added two kills. WJU hung on to win the second set by a score of 25-11, and to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Raiders did everything they could to avoid being swept. However, against the potent WJU offense, this would prove difficult. The Cardinals came out firing once again, building an early 4-0 lead. Pew added three kills in the first five Cardinal points to boost their lead. Despite the intense effort by the WJU offense, the Raiders battled to tie the game at eight. 
WJU then began another run, scoring four of the next five points, two of which were kills by Pew. The Cardinal lead grew to 12-8, before the Raiders cut it back down to one.  The Raiders would not go away, as they clawed back every time WJU attempted to build a significant lead.  The WJU Cardinals hung on to win the third set by a score of 25-21, winning the match 3-0. Pew led the attack in the third set, tallying six kills.
The Cardinal attack in the game was led by Jenna Pew with 13 kills, and Kacey Krucki followed with 11. Andrea Thobe tallied an astonishing 39 assists.
“We got off to an incredibly slow start, and Jesuit hit over .400,” said Shippensburg coach Leanne Piscotty. “Our seniors are leaving a legacy that will never be forgotten,” she added.
“I have really enjoyed watching us play the past month and a half,” said Wheeling Jesuit coach Christy Benner. “We are really gelling, and it’s exciting to watch,” she added.  “All year we have talked about limiting mistakes, and we did an amazing job of that tonight,” Benner said.
Wheeling Jesuit University will play the Vulcans of California University of Pennsylvania tomorrow, Saturday December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Division II Atlantic Regional championship.

Wheeling Jesuit Volleyball To Host Another Regional Title Game

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