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There are ten players in Shippensburg women’s volleyball history that have 1,000 career kills credited to their names. Former Parkland standout and Shippensburg junior Samantha Webber was the latest Raider to join that club.
Webber finished this past fall season with 360 kills and played a key role in Shippensburg (25-8 overall; 14-4 in PSAC) advancing to the PSAC semifinals. Webber now sits in 10th place on the school’s all-time list with 1,010 kills.
“It was a goal of mine to get, because I knew if I worked as hard as I was telling myself I needed to in order to achieve that goal, that I could do it,” Webber said. “So, it was a big milestone for me to hit, and I was really proud of myself for that.
Those 360 kills ranked second on the team. She also had the second-most block assists (82) and total blocks (106). She ranks eighth on the all-time school list in block assists (229) and 10th in total blocks (286).
“Personally I’m really happy with how I did,” Webber said. “But I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I did without all of my teammates, and all of them pushing me to work harder in practice. And my coach always helping me out with where I’m hitting the ball or where I’m contacting it.”
Weber’s success at the collegiate level started in her first season with the Red Raiders. After a standout senior season at Parkland, she was named the PSAC Freshman of the Year when she burst onto the scene with the fifth-most total blocks in the conference in 2016.
Webber was named to the All-PSAC Team, D2CCA All-Region Team and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Atlantic Region Teams in each of the past two seasons.
“I really never imagined that happening,” Webber said of being named PSAC Freshman of the Year. “I just was like, ‘I’m playing, and I’m just going to play.’ It was a pretty cool honor to get.”
In this past season, Webber was an All-PSAC Second Team selection, D2CCA All-Region First Team honoree, and an honorable mention choice on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Atlantic Region Team.
The Raiders continued to improve year-by-year. After falling in the quarterfinal round of the PSAC Tournament in each of Webber’s first two seasons, Shippensburg advanced to the semifinals in 2018.
Shippensburg’s run came to an end in those semifinals to Seton Hill, 3-1, but Webber was a part of the Raiders’ longest run in PSAC play since they won the championship in 2015 with a 16-6 conference record.
“We had three weeks of preseason and three weeks of doubles,” Webber said. “We worked really hard, so we knew the work we put in now was going to help us reach our goals toward the end of the season and play as far as we could.
“It stung making it all the way to the PSAC semifinals and not being able to finish. I think we all have that feeling still, so I think it will make us work a little harder.”