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PHOTO BY BILL SMITH/SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY Megan Forstburg has not only adjusted to a new position in college, she’s thriving in her role and making a mark on the Red Raider program. PHOTO BY BILL SMITH/SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY Megan Forstburg has not only adjusted to a new position in college, she’s thriving in her role and making a mark on the Red Raider program.
PHOTO BY BILL SMITH/SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITYMegan Forstburg has not only adjusted to a new position in college, she’s thriving in her role and making a mark on the Red Raider program. PHOTO BY BILL SMITH/SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITYMegan Forstburg has not only adjusted to a new position in college, she’s thriving in her role and making a mark on the Red Raider program.

Forstburg climbs SU’s digs list

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by TODD KRESS tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

When Megan Forstburg was at Emmaus, she spent much of her high school volleyball career as a hitter. And a great one at that.

But when she arrived at Shippensburg, head coach Leanne Piscotty tried Forstburg out at a number of new positions.

“I came in my freshmen year and started setting, which was nuts,” Forstburg said. “And then in my sophomore year, [Piscotty] was like, ‘OK, you are going to play defense now.’ I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try.’

“I played defensive specialist my freshman year, and then got to libero my sophomore and junior years.”

The switch has resulted in Forstburg, who is now a junior, putting together one of the best defensive careers in Shippensburg history.

During the Raiders’ run in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in which Shippensburg (25-8 overall) went 14-4 and made it to the conference tournament semifinals, Forstburg made some history. She recorded 618 digs this past fall, the third-highest total in a single season in program history.

“My goal this year was to just surpass how many digs I got last year. That was really my only goal,” Forstburg said. “I never really kept track of how many digs I had my whole entire college career. All I cared about was trying to surpass how much I got last year.”

Forstburg also surpassed the 1,000-dig mark in 2018. Her 1,494 career digs ranks seventh on the school’s all-time list, and she has a real possibility to eclipse 2,000 and finish in the top three.

“It feels awesome to be on the record board for digs and single-season digs,” Forstburg said. “I pushed myself a lot. Working hard in the offseason and during the season, and then getting a big reward like that is a big deal for me.”

For someone who spent so much time as a hitter in high school, it’s hard to imagine Forsburg’s college career would progress as it has. And after a bit of a learning curve moving from defensive specialist to libero, she’s become one of the top players at her position in the PSAC.

One of the biggest changes between the two positions was getting accustomed to her place on the court. And now playing libero, Forstburg is on the court during every rotation.

“It was a little difficult because when I was playing defensive specialist my freshmen year, I was playing in the middle back,” Forstburg said. “Now in my sophomore and junior year I play in the left back, so that was something I definitely had to get used to.”

As for the Raiders, it was the third consecutive season the team has qualified for the PSAC tournament but come up short of a championship since winning the crown in 2015. And with the Raiders not graduating a single senior from their 2017 team, this season’s hopes were certainly high.

“We knew that we were going to be more cohesive than the rest of the teams in the beginning of the season because we hadn’t lost anyone,” Forstburg said. “It definitely stung to not win the PSAC. But then knowing we were still in regionals, and we could play really hard and keep the season going, it was definitely a big win for us.”

Seton Hill, however, had other plans as it defeated Shippensburg in the semifinals, 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16).

The goals won’t change come next fall. And after an offseason of training and practice, Forstburg will be one of the main senior leaders taking charge for the Raiders in 2019.