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Shepherd U. sweeps West Chester in PSAC volleyball tourney quarterfinal match

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Shepherd University (24-3) swept West Chester (22-8) in PSAC Volleyball Tournament action at the Butcher Center on Tuesday night. The Rams posted a 25-21, 25-15, 30-28 win. 

Junior outside hitter Mikaylah Hoy (Sharpsburg, Md./Heritage Academy) recorded 12 kills and 13 digs to lead the Rams. Junior outside hitter Kitanna Rakestraw (Uhrichsville, Ohio/Indian Valley) added nine kills, while senior middle hitter Georgia Ohmke (Falls Church, Va./Justice) and junior middle blocker Elyssia Smith (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge) each had six. 

Defensively, Rakestraw, Ohmke, and Smith each posted six blocks. 

Shepherd rallied from a 24-20 deficit in the third set to secure the victory. Smith had three kills to fuel the rally and recorded back-to-back kills to end the contest. 

The Rams return to action Friday when they face Gannon at 5 p.m. in a PSAC Tournament semifinal match at East Stroudsburg. 

Shepherd U. lands 12 players on PSAC East All-Conference team

LOCK HAVEN — Twelve members of the Shepherd University football team gained All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East honors as announced by the league office this week.

Additionally, junior quarterback Tyson Bagent (Martinsburg, W.Va./Martinsburg) was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year and redshirt freshman wide receiver Ryan Beach (Frederick, Md./Northwest) was selected as PSAC East Rookie of the Year. 

Bagent has completed 287 of 407 passes (70.52 percent) for 3,914 yards and 46 touchdowns. He has a 184.66 quarterback rating and leads NCAA II in passing yards (3,914), passing yards per game (355.8), passing touchdowns (46), points responsible for (290), points responsible for per game (26.4), and total offense (360.1). He was named PSAC Athlete of the Week five times this season as Shepherd finished second in the PSAC East and earned the No. 2 seed in Super Region 1 for the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs. He was a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate in 2018 and 2019 and is a candidate again this season. 

Beach leads Shepherd receivers with 70 receptions for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averages 85.4 receiving yards per game. 

Sophomore running back Ronnie Brown (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk),junior offensive tackle Joey Fisher (Hagerstown, Md./Clear Spring), graduate student offensive tackle Eric Ostrow (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin), graduate student offensive guard Cole Weaver (Keyser, W.Va./Keyser), graduate student tight end Alex Wetzel (Keedysville, W.Va./Boonsboro), graduate student return specialist Josh Gontarek (New Market, Md./Linganore/Shippensburg), graduate student defensive lineman Juwan Addison (Richmond, Va./Monacan), senior linebacker Chrys Lane (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk), and graduate student defensive back Ponce Deleon (Greenbelt, Md./Montgomery Blair) join Bagent and Beach as first-team selections. 

Graduate student defensive lineman Ricky Robinson (Mathias, W.Va./East Hardy) and Gontarek (as a wide receiver) earned second-team honors. 

Shepherd ranked second in Atlantic Region volleyball

INDIANAPOLIS – The Shepherd University volleyball team is ranked second in the region in the latest NCAA II Atlantic Region rankings for Nov. 17 for games through Nov. 14. Wheeling tops the regional rankings with a 24-5 overall mark and a 22-2 in-region record 

Shepherd has a 23-3 overall mark with a 21-3 in-region mark. 

Other Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams in the rankings include: Gannon, third; Edinboro, fourth; Clarion, sixth; East Stroudsburg, seventh; and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, eighth.

The Rams return to action Friday when they travel to East Stroudsburg to face Gannon in the PSAC Tournament semifinals.