The Shawnee State volleyball program fell twice on Friday before rebounding to split Saturday’s set of affairs in the Shawnee State Classic, losing to Union (Ky.) 3-2 and Point Park (Pa.) 3-0 on the first day before splitting a pair of bouts against Indiana Tech (3-2 loss) and Montreat (N.C.) (3-2 win) on Saturday to round out the weekend.

SSU obtained a good start to Friday’s festivities by jumping out to a 2-0 lead on Union. SSU won set one 25-23, holding off the Bulldogs behind a balanced offensive attack. Carson Roney (SO/Waverly, Ohio) led SSU in set one with three kills, and the Bears were aided by nine Union attack errors.

The Bears also won set two by a 30-28 tally. Christina Shelton (SR/Blue Creek, Ohio) obtained five kills in the set to lead Shawnee State to the extra points win.

However, the third set was a turning point as Union rallied to win the set 25-17, then kept up the momentum to take set four, 25-20. A back-and-forth deciding set would see Shawnee State attempt a late rally but ultimately fall short to lose the fifth set, 15-13.

Christina Shelton led Shawnee State with 15 kills in the match. Emily McKibben (FR/Williamsburg, Ohio) added nine, Carson Roney had eight, and Tyanna Smith (JR/Bowling Green, Ohio) had seven. Deanna Smith (SR/Riverview, MI) had 38 assists and Brianna Wiget (SR/Piketon, Ohio) added 20 digs.

Game two for Shawnee State proved to be a rematch against Point Park, with Friday’s match mirroring last Saturday’s as the Pioneers swept Shawnee State, 3-0. Point Park jumped out early, winning set one 25-17 and set two 25-18. Shawnee State led for much of the third set, but a late Point Park rally would see them down the Bears 28-26 in the third set and win the match.

Shelton again led Shawnee State with 13 kills in the match. Tyanna Smith and Carson Roney each added eight. Deanna Smith continued her good start to the season with 30 more assists.

On Saturday, game one saw Shawnee State fall behind early to Indiana Tech in a back-and-forth first set, with the Bears falling 25-23. Carson Roney (SO/Waverly, Ohio) picked up four kills in the set while recording a masterful .800 attack percentage, with Tyanna Smith (JR/Bowling Green, Ohio) adding four kills as well. Shawnee State then won the second set, obtaining a 25-19 win. SSU benefited from eight Indiana Tech attack errors in the set, with Elaina Davenport (SO/Newark, Ohio), Christina Shelton (SR/Blue Creek, Ohio) and Tyanna Smith all getting three kills apiece.

Indiana Tech won the third set 25-20, but led 22-8 at one point. Shawnee State fought back to get the set to a more even score. The Bears would use that momentum to force a deciding fifth set, winning game four 25-23.

Game five would see Carson Roney get five kills, but Shawnee State would commit seven errors to fall to Indiana Tech 15-9.

Roney led SSU with 16 kills in the match. Tyanna Smith added 14 kills for the Bears. Deanna Smith (SR/Riverview, MI) had 46 assists and Brianna Wiget (SR/Piketon, Ohio) added 32 digs.

SSU’s second match of the day started much as the first did as Montreat jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 25-20 win in set one. Courtney Glover and Jazzy Larson each had five kills, and SSU committed three service errors in the set. However, as with the first match, SSU rallied to win set two, 25-22, behind five Tyanna Smith kills.

SSU then took a 2-1 match lead by winning the third set 25-21. Tyanna Smith was again active, getting seven kills. The Cavaliers responded with an excellent fourth set, winning 25-19.

Again driven to five sets, Shawnee State would come out on top in the fifth 15-12. Smith and Christina Shelton each had three kills to put Montreat on the brink, with the match ending on a set error by Montreat’s Hannah Wyngarden.

The Saturday split moves Shawnee State’s record on the year to 5-7.

Shawnee State is back in action next Friday when they begin Homecoming Weekend with their Mid-South Conference opener against Lindsey Wilson. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

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