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SU roundup: Hornets outfight Squirrels

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Homestanding Shenandoah University kept its volleyball record perfect on the season with a 3-0 non-conference sweep over former USA South Conference foe Mary Baldwin Thursday evening.

The Hornets (4-0) won at 16, 15 and 18 over the Fighting Squirrels (0-5).

SU hit .261 for the match, including a match-high .316 in the second set. The Hornets had nine kills against three errors in 19 total attempts in that middle set.

The first kill of that set, by freshman Blake Parkes, made senior Kelcy Brown the career assists leader at SU.

Brown now has 2,064 career assists, breaking the record of 2,056 set by Lesley Beard from 2000-03.

Junior Haley Smith paced the victors with nine kills, while Megan Gillispie added five.

Brown had 16 assists and Parkes' 12 for SU.

Shenandoah is back in action this weekend at Gwynedd-Mercy for a tri-match with Alvernia and the host Griffins.

Field hockey

Shenandoah 2, Frostburg St. 1

Shenandoah ran its field hockey winning streak to three matches by downing visiting Frostburg State 2-1 in non-conference action Thursday evening.

The Hornets (3-1) scored the opening two goals of the game and then had to hold on as Frostburg (0-2) attempted a furious rally.

The Bobcats cut the deficit in half in the 29th minute as Rachel Merritt converted on a penalty stroke.

Twenty-seven minutes later, Merritt had the chance to bring the match back to level as Shenandoah was again whistled for a major foul in the shooting area and Frostburg awarded the stroke.

Fortunately for SU, junior keeper Sarah Clare was up to the task and stuffed Merritt on the attempt.

The save was the ninth and final one of the contest for Clare.

Freshman Alexandra Darrow gave Shenandoah the early lead with an unassisted goal at 12:20 before senior Amber VanHorn netted the game-winner on a penalty corner at 13:32.

The Hornets had a 20-14 advantage in shots, while the Bobcats took 13 of 19 corners.

SU hosts Christopher Newport on Sunday in a 2 p.m., non-league match.

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